THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2007/2008
Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence (Distance Learning) (P01177)
Students will be introduced to the practicalities of forensic computing - the analysis of data on suspects' computers to provide valid evidence - and will consider the need for it and organisational procedures for it. Students will also learn about the principles and practicalities of electronic evidence, and current legislation concerning its collection and use.
? Costs : Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet. Print consumables (paper and ink) would be recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen text and materials (e.g. articles).
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To be aware of some of the vulnerabilities of computers to crime, fraud and other mis-use;
To understand the nature of electronic evidence and how it differs from other forms of evidence;
To understand the practical problems of discovering electronic evidence and to gain basic experience in electronic evidence acquisition;
To be able to make deductions and build a case based on electronic evidence;
To know a 'best practice' approach to responding to incidents of computer mis-use and to be able to assess the consequences of deviation from that procedure
To be able to assess the reliability of electronic evidence presented in a particular case;
To evaluate legislation relating to electronic evidence regarding practicality, completeness, and links with other legislation
1 Essay, 5000 words (60%); two pieces of assessed work (20% each)
Note: Completion of the Certificate, the Diploma and progression through the LLM programme will be subject to participation in and completion of core activities within this module.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mr Arne Kolb
Mr Burkhard Schafer
Course Website : http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/distancelearning/
School Website : http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/