Introduction to Digital Forensics
Provides an introduction to Digital Forensics from a theoretical and practical perspective and an introduction to investigative tools and techniques used in the field. Personal computer operating system architectures and disk structures are reviewed and the proper use of available computer forensic hardware and software tools are examined. Other topics include the importance of digital evidence controls, the method of processing crime and incident scenes, the details of data acquisition, and the requirements of an expert witness. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands-on activities and assignments that emphasize both the theory and the practical application of computer forensic investigations.
Advanced Digital Forensics
Provides a more in-depth understanding of Digital Forensics and the investigative tools and techniques used in the field. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands on assignments that teach about theory as well as the practical application of computer forensic investigations. Topics covered in this course include: Case Reporting & Working with PRTK, Windows Registry and Registry Viewer, Link and Spool Files, Encrypted File System, Forensic Analysis, Forensic Duplication, File System Analysis, Internet and E-mail Usage Analysis, and ID Theft. The proper use of automated digital forensics tools will also be discussed. Cell phone forensics will also be explored, providing the proper software can be obtained.
Legal and Technical Writing in Digital Forensics
Provides practical applications in legal and technical report writing in the area of Digital Forensics. In particular, students will examine what is involved in drafting complaint evaluations, witness statements, ECPA orders, search warrants and affidavits. Students will also examine data mapping in civil discovery, the use of reports in evaluating an investigation, the importance of e-discovery rules and the process of conducting a search.
Intro to Computer Hardware/Peripherals
Provides a challenging introduction to technology for students interested in a major or minor in computer and information technology or related fields. Topics include elements of computer architecture and peripherals. Upon the completion of this course students should be prepared to take the A+ Certification Examination.
Introduction to Data Communications
Provides an introduction to computer networks and data communications, data and signals, using conducted and wireless signals. Students consider local information exchanged through global networking. Additional topics incorporate the study of communications hardware and software and the ethical and moral issues emanating from the communications explosion.