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Digital Forensics

Course Code: CSIS 4150
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide a foundation of concepts in digital forensics including theory, technical tools and methodologies employed in this area. It is aimed at students with limited or no prior exposure to digital forensics. The students are expected to have prior knowledge of networking and network security concepts. The students will learn digital forensics concepts, tactical issues, the methodologies used, and the tools needed to perform forensics investigations. Digital forensics for computers, networks, cell phones, GPS, the cloud and the Internet will be discussed. Students will get hands-on laboratory experience in using various digital forensic tools such as Autopsy/The Sleuth Kit, OSForensics, EnCase, FTK, Cellebrite, BlackLight or equivalent to apply the concepts learned in the course.

Course Content

  1. Digital Forensics Profession and Investigations concepts.
  2. Data Acquisition and Evidence Discovery
  3. Digital Forensics Analysis and Validation.
  4. Current Digital Forensics Tools.
  5. Operating Systems Forensics
  6. Virtual Machine and Cloud Forensics.
  7. Live Acquisitions and Network Forensics.
  8. Email and Multimedia Investigations.
  9. Cell Phone and Mobile Device Investigations
  10. Anti-forensics methods/tools

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises in the lab

Means of Assessment

Means of Assessment*






Midterm Examination**


Final Examination**




*Some of these assessments may involve group work.

**In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of digital forensics, and explain its utility in cyber security.
  2. Identify and summarize requirements, procedures and protocols involved to conduct a digital forensic investigation
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the process of data acquisition, and identify digital evidence for forensic investigations
  4. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of file system, boot processes and registries for various operating systems.
  5. Use and apply various digital forensic tools to conduct forensic investigations including data acquisition, evidence discovery, validation, and analysis.
  6. Design, devise, implement and conduct forensic investigations with use-case scenarios involving multimedia, email, network, cloud, mobile, social networking and location-aware applications.
  7. Identify, describe and demonstrate knowledge of anti-forensic methods and tools.


course prerequisites

Min grade C in (CSIS 2260 and CSIS 2270)





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.