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MSIA 680 Computer Forensics

Discover how to use technology to assist in criminal investigations.

Format: Offered Online and On-Campus

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Technology offers a world of possibilities when investigating a crime. From email correspondence inquiries to crime scene documentation, computer forensics is a major component in a criminal investigation. In MSIA 680 Computer Forensics, you’ll explore computer forensics encompassing a variety of legal and technical challenges.

You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate course competencies through a variety of course activities. These may include, but are not limited to, written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.

What You'll Learn in MSIA 680

This course provides you with hands-on and theoretical experience with technology, techniques and legal policy during investigation of computer components.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Computer Forensics
  • Crime Scene Handling and Digital Investigation Methodologies
  • Evidence Acquisition
  • Live Response
  • Volatile Memory Analysis
  • Cybercrime Law
  • Email and Internet Browser Analysis
  • Non-Windows Systems Considerations
  • Metadata and Obfuscation Techniques
  • Smartphone/Tablet Forensics
  • Registry Analysis
  • Investigative Reconstruction
  • Timeline Analysis
  • Careers and Community Involvement

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MSIA 680, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the societal need for computer forensic analysis.
  • Explain the organizational and technical risks associated with forensic investigations.
  • Analyze forensic processes, techniques and tools using approved industry controls to support and preserve digital forensic data.
  • Investigate the implications of U.S. cybercrime laws in forensic analysis.
  • Evaluate forensics tools and their evidence-handling capabilities with respect to their admissibility in a court of law.
  • Create a formal forensic report to capture the investigation process and outcomes.
  • Utilize a variety of tools and processes to forensically acquire, examine and analyze data for digital evidence.

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Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.