School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Computer Forensics (Online Program): Associate of Applied Science Degree
Indianapolis, IN Campus

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Objectives

The purpose of this program is to help graduates prepare for entry-level positions in computer forensics. The curriculum of the program focuses on technical, criminal justice and general education cores of study. The technical core covers knowledge and skills in the collection, identification, preservation, extraction, interpretation and documentation of computer evidence. Courses in the criminal justice core will introduce students to the legal and regulatory aspects of computer forensics including an understanding of the judicial system, investigative processes, the importance of maintaining the chain of evidence and incident reporting. The general education core will offer studies in the humanities, mathematics, sciences and social sciences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions involving the collection, preservation, analysis, and presentation of digital forensic evidence. Entry-level positions may include computer forensics specialists, forensic laboratory technicians, cyber-squad professionals and technicians, security telecommunications technicians or security administrators.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Equipment

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software, Internet service and an e-mail account.

Online Courses

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

Computer, Software Requirements and Specifications and Internet Service


The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium IV or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 512MB RAM (1GB preferred), CD-ROM, 5GB free space (10GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study.

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

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Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Program Total 96
General Education Courses
GE117 Composition I+ 4
GE127 College Mathematics I+ 4
GE175 American Government+ 4
GE217 Composition II+ 4
GE273 Microeconomics+ 4
GE347 Group Dynamics+ 4
Subtotal 24
Core Courses
CF200 Computer Forensics for the First Responder+ 4
CF210 Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Tools+ 4
CF220 Computer Forensics: Evidence Collection and Preservation+ 4
CF300 Practical Windows Forensics and Networking+ 4
CF310 Practical Linux Forensics and Networking+ 4
CF320 Computer Forensics: Evidence Analysis and Presentation+ 4
CF380 Computer Forensics Capstone+ 4
CJ123 Criminal Law+ 4
CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice+ 4
CJ241 Criminal Investigation+ 4
CJ333 Constitutional Law+ 4
IT181 OS Platforms and Computer Technologies+ 4
IT182 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies+ 4
IT183 Information Security Fundamentals+ 4
Subtotal 56
Technical Basic Courses
TB139A Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+ 4
TB141 Introduction to Productivity Software+ 4
TB145 Introduction to Computing+ 4
TB332 Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+ 4
Subtotal 16

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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Information Technology - Computer Network Systems
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2007
Omaha, NE

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