IMT3551 - Digital Forensics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam and Project work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 1/2 3 hours
Assignment 1/2

Course content

- Digital investigations and evidence
- Chain of custody and forensic soundness
- Timeline analysis
- Live system forensics
- File system forensics
- Forensic reconstructions
- Internet and network forensics
- Cybercrime law
- Advanced topics if time permits

Learning outcome

Forensic science is the application of science and technology to investigate and establish facts of interest in relation to criminal or civil law. The course digital forensics will introduce students to forensic science, as applied to digital evidence. This area has become an integral aspect of information security, and knowledge of the preservation and processing of digital evidence is becoming an essential skill for information security professionals.Students are able to explain the fundamental principles of digital forensics. The students are able to survey a digital crime scene and to acquire, analyze and present digital evidence in a forensically sound manner. The students are further expected to be able to scientifically document theoretical and experimental results related to forensic investigations, and to evaluate the validity of evidence presented by another party. The course is research-based, with emphasis on the application of scientific publications in practical forensic analysis. After completion of the course, the student shall demonstrate the following competency:
- Digital Forensics methodology with a solid understanding of requirements for handling digital evidence, with an emphasis on evidence integrity and chain of custody
- The students will develop a knowledge of the main publication channels in digital forensics, and selected academic papers are included in the curriculum.
- Forensic acquisition of digital evidence from computer and network media
- Live system forensics and evaluation of order of volatility
- Evidence analysis with timeline analysis and forensic reconstruction
- Scientific documentation of forensic acquisition and analysis
General Competency
- Legal aspects of cyber crime and cyber crime investigations
- The role of expert witnesses and digital evidence in the context of legal proceedings
- The relationship between digital forensics and incident handling in the context of information security

Learning methods and activities


Utfyllende informasjon:

The course will be made accessible for both campus and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. All the lectures will also be available on Internet through GUC¿s learning management system (ClassFronter).

Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:

Will be announced later

Further on evaluation

Utfyllende om kontinuasjon:

For the final exam: Ordinary re-sit examnination.


An average where project work counts for 50%, and final written exam counts for 50% of the grade according to the recommended averaging process.Both parts must be passed.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Information Security (BIS)
Information Security (MIS)
Information Security (MISD)
Network and System Administration (BDR)

Required previous knowledge

The following courses or equivalent background is required:
- IMT2282- Operativsystemer
- IMT2431- Datakommunikasjon og nettverkssikkerhet

Course materials

Textbook will be announced at course start
Presentation material and 5 selected academic papers

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT3004 3.7 2017-09-01
IMT4114 5.0 2017-09-01


Examination arrangement: Written exam and Project work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
Autumn ORD Written examination 1/2 2016-12-16 10:00 B213 - 2.etg.
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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