Digital Forensics
Digital Forensics Digital Forensics

SCHEDULE

Note 1: All students need to request permission from Ms. Elexis Ritz < elexis.ritz@ucf.edu >, Criminal Justice Graduate Program Advisor, to register for Criminal Justice classes (CCJ or CJE course prefix).

Note 2: Except CCJ, CJE courses, you can register ANY course in the course list by yourself as long as you are enrolled in the Digital Forensics Master program. The prereqisite described in course catalog are not active in most cases. However, if you are enrolled in the online Digital Forensics Master program, you can only register those online courses or online sessions of those courses.

Note 3: If you are not in Digital Forensics Master program, you can register the required courses or Group A courses only if you have completed either CDA5106(Advanced Computer Architecture I) or COT5405 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms).

Note 4: CHS5518 is a face-to-face class offered in every Summer, but it can be taken remotely since all lectures will be video recorded, and all assignments can be submitted by email to the instructor. However, because of its in-campus format, the class cannot be taken by a student who has enrolled in the pure online MSDF program.

Note 5: There are only two courses being offered in the Group C (legal studies) right now: CHS5518 (offered in every summer with only the face-to-face session) and CHS5596 (offered once in every two years in Spring'18, Spring'20 and Spring'22). So make sure you take one of them as soon as you can to satisfy the Group C course requirement.

Summer 2017


CAP 6946, Internship (contact Cliff Zou at czou@cs.ucf.edu if you are interested and if you enrolled in the program before Fall 2016)

CCJ 5015.CW61 , The Nature of Crime (online)

CCJ 5456.CW61 , The Administration Of Justice (online)

CCJ 6704.CW61 , Research Methods in Criminal Justice (online)

CJL 6568.CW61 , Law and Social Control (online)

CHS 5518.A061 , Forensic Collection and Examination of Digital Evidence (MoWe 6:00PM - 9:50PM, HEC-356, Summer A term, May 16 - June 24)



Fall 2017

CAP 6946 Internship (contact Cliff Zou at czou@cs.ucf.edu if you are interested and if you enrolled in the program before Fall 2016)

CAP 6133.0001 Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Computer Forensics (Monday/Wednesday 10:30am - 11:45am)

CGS 5131.0R01 Computer Forensics I (Tuesday/Thursday 7:30pm - 8:45pm)

CGS 5131.0V61 Computer Forensics I (online)

CIS 6206.0V61 Electronic Discovery for Digital Forensics Professionals (online)

CIS 6395.0R01 Incident Response Technologies (MoWe 9am - 10:15am)

CIS 6395.0V61 Incident Response Technologies (online)

CNT 6519.0V61 Wireless Security and Forensics (online)

ESI 5219.0R01 Engineering Statistics (Mo 4:30pm-7:20pm)

ESI 5219.0V61 Engineering Statistics (online)

CCJ 5015.0W61 Nature of Crime (online)

CCJ 6704.0001 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (We 6pm-8:50pm)

CCJ 6704.0W61 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (online)

CJE 6688.0W61 Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice (online)

CHS 5504.0W61 Topics in Forensic Science (online)



Spring 2018

CAP 6946, Internship (contact Cliff Zou at czou@cs.ucf.edu, if you are interested and if you enrolled in the program before Fall 2016)

CAP 6135.0R01 Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis (MoWe 12pm - 1:15 pm)

CAP 6135.0V61 Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis (online)

CNT 6418.0R01 Computer Forensics II (Tuesday/Thursday 7:30pm - 8:45pm)

CNT 6418.0V61 Computer Forensics II (online)

CIS 6207.0V61 The Practice of Digital Forensics (online)

CIS 6386.0V61 Operating Systems and File System Forensics (online)

ESI 5219.0R01 Engineering Statistics (Mo 1:30pm-4:20pm)

ESI 5219.0V61 Engineering Statistics (online)

CCJ 5015.0W61 The Nature of Crime (online)

CCJ 6074.0W61 Investigative and Intelligence Methods (online)

CCJ 6704.0001 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (We 6pm-8:50pm)

CCJ 6704.0W61 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (online)

CJE 6688.0W61 Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice (online)

CHS 5596.0W61 The Forensic Expert in Courtroom (online, offered once in every two years in Spring'18 and Spring'20)

Note 1: There are very few openings for MSDF students to enroll in Criminal Justice classes (CCJ or CJE course prefix). Please contact Ms. Elexis Ritz, Criminal Justice Graduate Program Advisor, at elexis.ritz@ucf.edu to request permission to register for Criminal Justice classes, and do it early.

Note 2: Additional elective courses in the Criminal Justice category may be approved. Please contact MSDF Program Coordinator Cliff Zou at czou@cs.ucf.edu for more information.

CURRICULUM

The MSDF degree program requires 30 credit hours of which at least half of the course work must be at 6000 level.


Required courses (12 hours):

  • CGS 5131: Computer Forensics I
  • CNT 6418: (formerly CGS 5132), Computer Forensics II
  • CHS 5504: (formerly CHS 5503), Topics in Forensic Science
  • CIS 6207: (formerly CET 6887), The Practice of Digital Forensics

Restricted Elective Courses (12 hours):

Group A: (computing and technology, choose two courses, 6 hours)

  • CAP 6133: Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Computer Forensics
  • CNT 6519: Wireless Security and Forensics
  • CAP 6135: Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis
  • COP 6525: Distributed Processing of Digital Evidence
  • CIS 6395: Incident Response Technologies
  • CIS 6386: OS & File System Forensics

Group B: (criminal justice and electronic discovery, choose one course, 3 hours)

  • CCJ 5015: Nature of Crime
  • CCJ 5456: The Administration Of Justice
  • ESI 5219: Engineering Statistics
  • CJL 6568: Law and Social Control
  • CCJ 6074: Investigative and Intelligence Analysis, Theory and Methods
  • CCJ 6704: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 6706: Quantitative Methods and Computer Utilization in Criminal Justice
  • CJE 6688: (formerly CJE 5688) Cybercrime and Criminal Justice
  • CIS 6206: Electronic Discovery for Digital Forensics Professionals
  • Note: All students need to request permission from Ms. Elexis Ritz < elexis.ritz@ucf.edu >, Criminal Justice Graduate Program Advisor, to register for Criminal Justice classes (CCJ or CJE course prefix). Students can take alternative Criminal Justice courses as they fit in a student's research interest and are approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Group C: (forensic science and legal studies, choose one course, 3 hours)

  • CHS 5596: The Forensic Expert in the Courtroom
  • CHS 5518: Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence
  • PLA 5587: Current Issues in Cyberlaw

Thesis Option (6 hours):

  • CAP 6971: Master's thesis (two semesters)

Non-Thesis Option (6 hours):

  • CAP 6946 or CET 6946: Graduate Internship (3 hours, can only be taken by students who enrolled before Summer 2016)
  • One or two courses from Restricted Elective Course Group A, B, or C
  • Note: Students who want to register for Master thesis or Internship courses should fill out and sign the Special Registration Access Form, signed by Program Coordinator, and then submit to College's Academic Afair Office in Eng1-107, in order to register those two special classes.

DESCRIPTIONS

Computer Science

CGS 5131, Computer Forensics I. (3 credits) This course covers legal issues regarding seizure and chain of custody, technical issues in acquiring computer evidence, popular computer file systems, and reporting issues in the legal system.

CNT 6418, (previously CGS 5132), Computer Forensics II (3 credits) The purpose of this course is to teach the concepts of computer system security models, fundamentals of computer networking and the layered protocol architectures, detection and prevention of intrusion and attack, digital evidence collection and evaluation, and the legal issues involved in computer forensic analysis.

CIS 6207, Practice of Digital Forensics. (3 credits) This is a capstone course that allows students to demonstrate the ability to combine all they have learned. Students will work on several case studies that require them to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to practical assignments.

CAP 6133, Advanced Topics in Computer Security and Computer Forensics (3 credits) Advanced topics in computer security and forensics such as cryptography, automatic intrusion detection, pattern matching and statistical techniques, firewalls, and vulnerability scanning.

CNT 6519, Wireless Security and Forensics (3 credits) This course provides advanced study for those students with an interest in areas such as wireless computer security, security management, cryptography, computer forensics, and related areas.

CAP 6135, Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis (3 credits) Analysis of malicious code including viruses, worms, Trojans, and buffer overflow vulnerabilities encountered in software packages.

COP 6525, Distributed Processing of Digital Evidence (3 credits) Study of parallel and distributed processing techniques using MPI in a cluster environment, along with data mining techniques used in analyzing large quantities of digital data.

CIS 6395, Incident Response Technologies. (3 credits) An advanced course covering topics related to computer incidents and intrusion response.

CIS 6386, Operating System and File Systems Forensics. (3 credits) The course will provide students with a practical understanding of the fundamental procedures required to correctly conduct digital forensics on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems, file systems, and associated applications.

CAP 6946, (or CET6946), Graduate Internship (3 creditd)

CAP 6971, Master's thesis (6 credits)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

EEE 6347, Trustworthy Hardware (3 credits)Introduce the concept of trustworthy hardware. Review scientific publications in the area of trustworthy hardware. Design, analyze, and evaluate trustworthy embedded systems.

Forensic Science

CHS 5504, (prevously CHS 5503), Topics in Forensic Science. (3 credits) Topics in Forensic Science will include the history of forensic science, basic forensic science principles as applied in various forensic specialties, current issues in digital evidence, and professionalism.

CHS 5596, The Forensic Expert in the Courtroom. (3 credits) A study of the uses of technically- and scientifically-trained expert witnesses at trial.

CHS 5518, Forensic Examination of Digital Evidence. (3 credits) This course will cover the nature of digital evidence collection and examination under the constraints of law and courtroom procedures.

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

PLA 5587 Current Issues in Cyberlaw. (3 credits) Advanced examination and discussion of free speech, copyright, trademark, patent and privacy issues in the online environment through interactive class discussions, online discussions, postings, case study reviews, and legal research projects.

CCJ 6074, Investigative and Intelligence Analysis, Theory and Methods. (3 credits) This course is designed to familiarize the student with the complex analytical techniques and procedures used to support criminal investigations and criminal intelligence efforts.

CCJ 6706, Quantitative Methods and Computer Utilization in Criminal Justice. (3 credits) Application of statistical software to quantitative and qualitative methods in Criminal Justice.

CJE 6688, Cybercrime and Criminal Justice. (3 credits) Deals with the problem of cyber crime and the criminal use of the Internet. Includes investigation, enforcement and legal issues.

Statistics

ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics. (3 credits) Discrete and continuous probability distributions, hypothesis testing, regression, nonparametric statistics, and ANOVA.

FORMS

Program of Study (POS) Form:

All enrolled students must submit the initial POS form by the end of the student's second major term (based on full-time enrollment) and must be on file by the end of the term prior to the term of expected graduation. When any course plan changes, the student needs to re-submit a revised POS form. The form needs to be signed by Program Coordinator.

You can find MSDF Program of Study form at:
http://cs.ucf.edu/CS/forms.php

You can download the new POS non-thesis form that has no internship course at:
Non-thesis 2016-2017


Registration Form for "Graduate Internship" Class:

A student enrolled before Summer 2016 who wants to register the "Graduate Internship" class must fill out the following Special Request Form, signed by Program Coordinator, and then submit to College's Academic Afair Office in Eng1-107, in order to register the internship class.
Special Registration Access Form


Course Override Form:

If a student cannot online register a class due to lack of prerequisite or restriction, the student could possibly get permission from the instructor, then he or she needs to fill out the following course override form, signed by Program Coordinator, and then submit to College's Academic Afair Office in Eng1-107, in order to register the class.
Course Override Form