Digital Forensics - PS511

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR SJ Gibson

Pre-requisites

Successful completion of Stage 1 of a Forensic Science degree programme or equivalent experience.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

Facial Identification
Facial reconstruction, facial composites, description by witness – cognitive interview - Turnbull’s rules (R v Turnbull, 1976), identity parades – psychology of facial identification – video identity parades, facial mapping, automated recognition technologies, age progression.

Digital Image Analysis
Image formation, image storage, image distortion, image restoration methods, the digital image in crime detection, steganography (implementation and detection).

Digital Forensics
Encryption, fallacies about hiding and destroying data, where to find data and methods for retrieving it, disk imaging, file integrity, cryptographic hashing, privacy vs need for investigation.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

20 lectures and 10 x 2hr laboratory classes.

Availability

This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Examination - 60%; coursework - 40%

Preliminary reading

Optional Reading:

  • Digital Image Processing using MATLAB, Gonzalez Woods & Eddins, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

  • Fundamentals of digital image processing: a practical approach with examples in
  • Matlab - Solomon, Chris, Breckon, Toby 2011.

  • Forensic Computer: A Practitioner's Guide, T Sammes & J Jenkinson, Springer, 2007.

  • Handbook of Computer Crime Investigation, E Casey, Academic Press, 2002.

  • Craniofacial Identification, C Wilkinson & C Ryan, Cambridge, 2012.

  • Investigation Digital Crime, R Bryant, John WIley & Sons, 2008.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Association of Chief Police Officer’s guidelines for ‘National Working Practices in Facial Imaging’
  • The main facial identification techniques used in criminal investigations
  • Practical experience of using facial composite software
  • Methods used in digital image forensics and their implementation in the computer software
  • Aspects of digital forensics including: legislation to enforce appropriate computer use; cryptography for secret communication; network forensics and methods used to hide data on computer hardware and methods for retrieving it.
  • To use forensic software in relation to mock criminal investigations
  • To enhance skills in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, and concepts, relating to the subject area

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