Cyber System Forensics (M) COMPSCI5080

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will enable the acquisition of analytical, scientific and communication skills to investigate cyber security incidents and present appropriate evidence to a non-technical audience. The course will expect students to comprehend aspects of forensic investigation and to present findings to non-technical stakeholders, e.g. court-room.

Timetable

3 hours per week (2 lectures, 1 tutorial).

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Examination 70%, 10% weekly quizzes, 20% assessed exercise.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

 

The coursework is done as part of a group. The nature of the coursework is such that it takes a significant number of days to produce it and this effort is infeasible for supporting the re-doing of such coursework over the summer.

Course Aims

To encourage the acquisition of analytical, scientific and communication skills to investigate cyber security incidents and present appropriate evidence to a non-technical audience, e.g. court-room.  

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. critically evaluate cyber system tools and approaches for a given context;

2. understand the nature of countermeasures against forensic analysis;

3. predict potential ethical, legal and regulatory concerns from gathered forensic evidence;

4. effectively communicate complex outcomes from a forensic investigation to a non-technical audience, e.g. court-room.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.