CS460 Introduction to Digital Forensics

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  • CS321
Brandon Marken
Chapman 210B
Office Hours
Meeting Time
Chapman 206
Course Website
Required Texts

Course Description

Takes a hands-on approach to the forensics examination of computer technology. Focuses on the forensic process, methods, and tools utilized to collect and preserve and examine digital evidence. Course topics include: collection, preservation and examination of evidence from computers including file systems, email and malicious code.

Tentative Schedule

    • Last day of WINTERmester instruction and finals
    • Residence halls open, 8 a.m.
    • Orientation for new students
    • Alaska Civil Rights Day (no classes, most offices closed)
    • First day of instruction; late registration begins
    • Deadline for faculty to post WINTERmester grades, noon
    • Deadline for adding classes and late registration; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Last day for student- and faculty-initiated drops (course does not appear on academic record)
    • Last day for tuition and fee payment and refunds; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Summer 2017 course list available at UAOnline
    • Deadline for UA Foundation and privately funded scholarship applications
    • Deadline to apply for spring 2017 graduation
    • Early progress reports due
    • Registration and fee payment for summer courses begin
    • Spring break (no classes)
    • University holiday (most offices closed for spring break)
    • Fall 2017 course list available at UAOnline
    • Last day for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
    • Begin registration and fee payment for fall 2017 semester (degree students)
    • Begin registration and fee payment for fall 2017 semester (nondegree students)
    • SpringFest (no classes)
    • Last day of instruction
    • Deadline to apply for admission for summer semester
    • Deadline to apply for admission for fall semester (UA Scholars)
    • Final examinations
    • Commencement
    • Residence halls close, noon
    • MAYmester courses begin; attendance required. Deadline to register for MAYmester, or for refund of tuition and fees for MAYmester.
    • Late payment fees begin for MAYmester
    • Deadline for faculty to post grades, noon

Grading Policies

Weight Description
20% Homework
20% Midterm Project
20% Final Project
20% Final Exam
20% Midterm Project

Grades will be assigned based on the following percentage intervals:

[90%, 100%)

[80%, 90%)
[70%, 80%)
[60%, 70%)

[0%, 60%)

Unauthorized Use Policy

While all of the techniques and procedures we will be learning in this class are legal in the virtual environment and on one's own network,some (such as nmap and vulnerability scans)  are decidedly illegal to run on someone else's network or "in the wild". As such if students are caught intentionally using techniques on an unauthorized network an automatic F will be given for the course


Students are expected to be at every class meeting on time, and are responsible for all class content, whether present or not. If absence from class is necessary, in-class work (other than quizzes) and homework may be made up only if the instructor is notified as soon as possible; in particular, absences due to scheduled events must be arranged ahead of time. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to UAF procedures. Students in this class must pay the CS lab fee. Payment allows access to the Chapman 103 lab.

UAF academic policies http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics

CS Department policies http://www.cs.uaf.edu/departmental-policies/

Disabilities Services:

The UAF Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. I will work with the UAF Office of Disability Services (208 WHITAKER BLDG, 474-5655) to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.