FSC-20013 - Digital Forensics
Coordinator: Rob Jackson Room: LJ1.16 Tel: +44 1782 7 33042
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

To provide an introduction to Digital Forensics including the following topics:
- Introduction to digital forensics
- Technical concepts computer hardware and software and definitions
- Labs and tools for carrying out digital forensics investigations
- Collecting evidence
- Specific systems Windows, Linux, Apple IOS
- Mobile devices
- Internet/E-mail/Social media
- Network forensics
- Multimedia forensics
- Anti-forensics
- Digital forensics and the law

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain the key technical concepts involved in digital forensics, including computer storage and memory in different environments, data types and file systems: 1,2
describe artifacts of operating systems, including vulnerabilities (concentrating on Windows as this is most encountered): 1,2
describe the digital forensics of mobile devices and how data can be recovered from them, and demonstrate how digital forensics methods can be applied to the internet, including e-mail and social networks: 1,2
give examples of how 'anti-forensics' methods are used to hide or destroy data, and discuss how the law is applied in digital forensics investigations: 1,2
research, prepare and present a group presentation on a topic of relevance to digital forensics: 2
discuss how digital forensics investigations are carried out and describe how evidence is collected using digital tools and appropriate software: 1,2

Study hours

20 content delivery hours (including Q&A sessions and drop-in sessions)
30 hours - preparation of group digital presentation
40 hours - working on independent case study
60 hours - independent study and class test completion

School Rules

Successful completion of CSC-10025 or FSC-10005

Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 40%
Independent In-depth Case Study
Students will carry out an in depth case study individually on a topic allocated from those covered in the lectures. The case study will be presented in the form of a report (equivalent to ~2000 words) describing the case and the results and conclusions obtained.

2: Group Presentation weighted 60%
Group Digital Presentation
Students will be divided into small groups (~4 students) and prepare a 30 minute digital presentation. Each student will make an individual contribution (~7-8 minutes) to the presentation, and their mark for the presentation will be a combination of self, peer and tutor assessment.