Penalties for Late Submissions
• Late submission of any item of coursework for each day or part thereof (or for hard copy submission only, working day or part thereof) for up to five days after the published deadline, coursework relating to modules at Levels submitted late (including deferred coursework, but with the exception of referred coursework), will have the numeric grade reduced by 10 grade points until or unless the numeric grade reaches or is 40. Where the numeric grade awarded for the assessment is less than 40, no lateness penalty will be applied.
• Late submission of referred coursework will automatically be awarded a grade of zero (0).
• Coursework (including deferred coursework) submitted later than five days (five working days in the case of hard copy submission) after the published deadline will be awarded a grade of zero (0).
• Where genuine serious adverse circumstances apply, you may apply for an extension to the hand-in date, provided the extension is requested a reasonable period in advance of the deadline.
This Assignment assesses the following module Learning Outcomes (Take these from the module DMD):
1. Issues that influence the investigation of cybercrimes.
2. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the digital forensic investigation
3. Adapt digital forensic practices to multiple contexts
4. Independently conduct digital evidence in the terms of collection and acquisition
5. Critically analyse and evaluate digital evidence for reporting in a forensically sound manner
6. Apply knowledge in the current technological issues in digital forensics
This is an individual assessment comprised of three tasks.
Task 1 carries 30%, task 2 carries 50% and task 3 carries 20% of the overall portfolio mark.
Tasks1 and 2 are assessed separately via Canvas. The information on this brief is provided for your reference ONLY.
Task 1 will assess issues that influence the investigation of cybercrimes and assess your knowledge in the current technological issues in digital forensics.
Task 2 will allow you to adapt digital forensic practices to multiple contexts and assess your understanding in conducting digital evidence in terms of collection and acquisition and the analysis and evaluation of digital evidence for reporting in a forensically sound manner (LO3, LO4, LO5).
Task 3 will assess your theoretical and methodological approaches to the digital forensic investigation
You are expected to demonstrate an insight into the implications of the problem introduced in each task by using clear and concise arguments. The reports should be well written (and word-processed), showing good skills in creativity and design. Sentences should be of an appropriate length and the writing style should be brief but informative.
Task 1 – In-class test
Task 1 is weighted at 30% of the overall portfolio mark, but it is assessed and marked separately. This is a Canvas based test that contains different types of questions (multiple choice, true/ false, etc) and is worth a total of 30 points. There are different question types, but these have been designed in order to bear the same weight for your assessment.
The questions on the test will only reflect and test the learning that has happened up to the point the test will take place. You are advised to have revised all the module material that has been made available to you on Canvas before the in-class test.
The task will take place during your normal group tutorial session and you MUST attend the class to take the test. The test will have a duration of 45 minutes in order to allow you time to log in and start the test. Exam conditions will apply.
Immediate individual feedback will be provided at the end of the in-class test week in the form of correct answers to the test questions. Your individual score will be also made available.
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Task 2 – Digital Forensics in Practice
Task 2 is weighted at 50% of the overall portfolio mark, but it is assessed and marked separately.
This is a practical case study of a forensic evidence file that will be made available to you in a restricted environment. You are required to carry out a forensic examination of the evidence file (Image) and respond to a set of questions that will be made available via Canvas in the form of an open-ended Canvas quiz.
The task will take place during your normal group tutorial session and you MUST attend the class to take the practical case study. The practical will have a duration of 1:50 minutes in order to allow you time to log in and start the test. Open book exam conditions will apply.
Task 3 – Personal Reflection
Task 3 is weighted at 20% of the overall portfolio mark.
This task is a reflection on your own learning and achievements through this module. You are required to write a reflective essay of approximately 500 words that will be expanding on your personal growth with a focus on the learning experience and the digital forensics skills you built through this module.
You need to consider how your personal experience impacted your approach to digital forensics. You should make specific references to your methodological approach as a learner.
You must select one of the following topics covered in the practical sessions for digital forensics as the core subject of your reflection:
1. Collection & acquisition
2. File system analysis
3. Signature analysis
5. Forensics and Incident Response Guidance:
a. You must have attended the session on the topic you selected to reflect on.
b. Keep notes during the practical sessions. They will be your guide for your reflective essay.
c. Research how to write a personal reflection.
d. You still need to justify your opinion, when you write a personal reflection.