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CIT 180 - Computer Forensics 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: CIT 115  or instructor approval

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the computer forensics field and technology. Students obtain essential knowledge of the computer forensics profession, legal issues and procedures of computer investigations, digital evidence management, industry-standard computer forensic tools, file systems, data recovery, data collection and sample case evaluations.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define basic terminology involved with computer forensics and digital evidence.
  2. Describe the role of computer forensics and relevant laws in a criminal investigation.
  3. Summarize procedures for public and private investigations of computer crimes or incidents.
  4. Prepare a computer forensic investigation plan that secures digital evidence.
  5. Explain relevant legal ground or corporate policies for pursuing digital evidence.
  6. Identify legal or business needs for computer forensic hardware and software tools.
  7. Use common industry-standard computer forensics tools.
  8. Manage digital evidence using proper retention, storage and documentation techniques.
  9. Describe the underlying concepts of data storage and operating system file systems.
  10. Perform basic steps in data acquisitions of disk files using a software tool.
Listed Topics
  1. Computer forensics and related disciplines
  2. Public enforcement investigations versus private business investigations
  3. Definitions of a computer crime, incident and digital evidence
  4. General steps in planning and conducting a computer investigation
  5. Legal issues and procedures in collecting and securing digital evidence
  6. Search and seizure and chain of custody regarding digital evidence
  7. Windows file systems and Windows registries
  8. Computer forensic hardware and software tools
Reference Materials
Textbooks/material, current and appropriate software, multimedia for lecture and demonstration as required by instructor, access to the internet.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Technological Competence
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/26/2021

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