Associate of Applied Science Degree

Computer Forensics (Online Program)

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.

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Admission Requirements

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

School 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.

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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

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117
Composition I+

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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GE127
College Mathematics I+

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE175
American Government+

This course covers principles and theory related to the United States government, including the development and foundations of the Constitution, the organization and function of the federal government including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship between states and the federal government. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE217
Composition II+

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE273
Microeconomics+

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
GE347
Group Dynamics+

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 24.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
CF200
Computer Forensics for the First Responder+

This course covers specific procedures for maintaining and preserving all evidence at the scene of a computer crime including preserving volatile memory evidence, dealing with intruders still in the target system and responding to potential traps that might destroy evidence. Coverage of first responder procedures and techniques to maintain system integrity, contain the intrusion, preserve existing evidence and notify Management and Incident response teams of the intrusion will also be discussed. Prerequisite: IT183 Information Security Fundamentals; Prerequisite or Corequisite: CJ241 Criminal Investigation

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4
CF210
Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Tools+

This course explores the areas of cybercrime, security threats, and the legal considerations facing Cyber Security professionals in dealing with the discovery, investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. Tools used by computer forensic professionals while investigating such incidents, and the use of these tools for the collection, examination and preservation of evidence for future prosecution will also be discussed. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CF200 Computer Forensics for the First Responder

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CF220
Computer Forensics: Evidence Collection and Preservation+

This course presents the techniques and principles used by computer forensic practitioners in the collection of digital evidence, the documentation of the procedures used during an investigation, and the preservation of that evidence for use in future legal procedures. Prerequisite: CF210 Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Tools

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4
CF300
Practical Windows Forensics and Networking+

This course examines the potential problems and risks associated with Windows Network Operating Systems and their associated networks. Students will be exposed to the areas where a cybercriminal might attack a Windows system, Windows specific tools used to image digital data systems, and the most likely areas where evidence of criminal activity might be found. Prerequisite: CF210 Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Tools

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CF310
Practical Linux Forensics and Networking+

This course examines the potential problems and risks associated with Linux Network Operating Systems and their associated networks. Students will be exposed to the areas where a cybercriminal might attack a Linux system, Linux specific tools used to image digital data systems, and the most likely areas where evidence of criminal activity might be found. Prerequisite: CF210 Cybercrime and Digital Forensic Tools

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CF320
Computer Forensics: Evidence Analysis and Presentation+

This course presents the techniques and principles used by computer forensic practitioners in the examination and analysis of digital evidence. Methods and procedural requirements for presentation of computer forensic evidence in a court of law will also be discussed. Prerequisite: CF220 Computer Forensics: Evidence Collection and Preservation

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CF380
Computer Forensics Capstone+

The Capstone Project provides an independent learning environment that will allow the student to use their accumulated experience and knowledge to examine a "Target" system for cybercrime activity, image and collect data, document and preserve that data, and analyze and prepare it for presentation in a criminal prosecution. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including CF320 Computer Forensics: Evidence Analysis and Presentation or equivalent

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CJ123
Criminal Law+

This course introduces the student to criminal law, which involves the imposition of penalties for engaging in criminal conduct. The course also explores the distinction between criminal law, which typically is enforced by the government, and civil law, which may be enforced by private parties. Prerequisites: GE175 American Government or equivalent, GE217 Composition II or equivalent, An introductory level Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies course

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CJ131
Introduction to Criminal Justice+

This survey course introduces the student to the scope, principles and purposes of the American criminal justice system with emphasis on crime, law enforcement, courts and corrections.

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4
CJ241
Criminal Investigation+

This course explores theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation and introduces the student to investigative processes, procedures and challenges. Prerequisite: CJ131 Introduction to Criminal Justice

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4
CJ333
Constitutional Law+

This course provides a survey of major constitutional thought and a review of primary constitutional issues. Prerequisite: CJ123 Criminal Law or equivalent

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4
IT181
OS Platforms and Computer Technologies+

This course offers an overview of operating system platforms, hardware architectures and models, and the essentials of software applications and computer-based systems. Prerequisite: TB145 Introduction to Computing

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4
IT182
Fundamentals of Networking Technologies+

This course offers a survey of networking technologies and the use of networks in an end-user computing environment. Major concepts such as OSI and TCP/IP models, network media specifications and functions, LAN/WAN protocols, topologies, and network infrastructures and capabilities will be discussed. Prerequisite: IT181 OS Platforms and Computer Technologies

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IT183
Information Security Fundamentals+

This course offers an overview of security elements, concepts, and information security goals with a focus on availability, integrity and confidentiality concepts and their implementation in information security systems. Prerequisite: IT182 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies

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Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB139A
Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society and including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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TB141
Introduction to Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

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4
TB145
Introduction to Computing+

The course offers an overview of the computing field and computer technology trends with emphasis on terminology and concepts related to PC hardware and software components and their functions from a hands-on approach. Entry-level hands-on skills as well as theory in handling PC hardware will be taught.

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TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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Subtotal 16.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

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Notes

+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.