Digital Investigations and Forensics

Cyber Security

Unit Code
Level 5
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 5
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

Please see the Tuition Fee section to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Course Overview

This course describes and explains how to conduct investigations with cyber-enabled equipment, including on public-internet-facing networks, or other network environments. Much evidence is lost or ruled inadmissible within courts and tribunal environments because it has been mishandled and corrupted (or could have been) by investigators, or those with a perceived chain of custody over the data. Moreover, in a planet of several billion cyber-enabled devices, but few qualified cyber investigators, it is now the case that many organisations have to manage part or all of a cyber incident investigation, because the national CERT or police/security agencies are otherwise prioritised.

In this course learners will examine the requirements for digital investigations including team formations and tools, understanding the prospects of recovering information, gathering evidential data (including from mobile and IoT devices), safeguarding evidential integrity, as well as the complexity and challenges of storing and presenting evidence within legal environments.

Course Content


Introduction to computer forensics

  • Computer forensics fundamentals
  • Incident Response
  • Computer Investigations

Computer investigations

  • Computer investigation preparation
  • Systematic approach development
  • Investigation lifecycle (FILC) USING 6‘R’ POLICY
  • Data-recovery workstations and software
  • Investigation execution
  • IoT forensic challenges

Computer forensics tools

  • Introduction
  • Evaluating Computer Forensics Tool Needs
  • Command line forensics tools
  • GUI forensics tools
  • Other useful tools

Digital evidence controls

  • Digital evidence evaluation
  • Digital evidence security
  • Digital evidence storage
  • Digital signature

Computer forensic analysis

  • Computer forensic analysis basics
  • Process of Digital forensics
  • Computer forensic analysis performance
  • Data hiding techniques
  • Protecting the Integrity of Digital Evidence

Types of forensics

  • Types of forensics
  • challenges faced by the Digital Forensic
  • Example Uses of Digital Forensics
  • Pros/Cons of Digital forensics
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand the core principles of digital investigations

  1. Explain the investigation lifecycle from initiation to conclusion
  2. Explain how a ‘digital’ domain investigation is organised and managed

2.  Apply the types of tool that support professional digital investigations at a strategic level

  1. Analyse the range of tools that assist digital investigations in different situations
  2. Select the appropriate tools to carry out a digital investigation for a given situation, justifying the selection

3.  Plan for an investigations and forensics teams

  1. Explain the types of skills required to undertake a variety of investigations and forensic-related work
  2. Explain dynamics of forming and integrating digital investigation teams and geographically distributed and dispersed investigations and teams
  3. Develop a plan for the formation of an investigation and forensics teams

4.  Understand the importance of safeguarding evidential integrity in digital investigations

  1. Explain how evidence can be retrieved from mobile devices and IoT devices
  2. Analyse how evidential integrity is safeguarded during digital investigations
  3. Assess how evidence is stored and presented within legal environments
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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  • All course material, including online modules and written assignments
  • Unlimited personal tutor support with online sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online community learning forums
  • Assignment marking and feedback
Am I eligible for this programme?

You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.

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