Digital Forensics - FSCI5110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Stuart Gibson checkmark-circle


This module covers a broad range of established and emerging, computer based, forensic methods. It is organised into three units: Facial Identification Techniques, focusing on facial composite construction, Image Processing & Photo Forensics and Digital Forensics.


Contact hours

Private Study: 125
Contact Hours: 25
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Unit 1 Assessment (2 hours) – 13.4%
• Unit 2 Assessment (2 hours) – 13.3%
• Unit 3 Assessment (2 hours) – 13.3%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the Association of Chief Police Officer's guidelines for 'National Working Practices in Facial Imaging'.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the main facial identification techniques used in criminal investigations.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of methods used in digital image processing and photo forensics.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of aspects of digital forensics.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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