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SIT282 - Computer Crime and Digital Forensics


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Amani Ibrahim
Prerequisite:SIT182 and one of SIT102 or SIT105


Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


In SIT282 students will learn how crime is manifested in the IT world, the laws that govern the IT domain, and approaches to investigating cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism using digital forensic techniques. Students will examine both criminal and terrorist activities, the nature of these activities and the people that initiate them. The unit enables students to develop knowledge of laws that have been recently enacted to counter computer crime and terrorism as well as the institutions responsible for implementing those laws. Students will investigate techniques such as acquisition, verification, extraction, reconstruction and reporting. The key focus of SIT282 is on introducing students to computer crime, forensic techniques, digital evidence and retrieval of information. In addition, students will explore ethical implications of crime and terrorism.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply knowledge of legal processes and follow standard procedure to investigate different types of cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism;

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Investigate the usefulness of various forensic techniques and apply relevant methods to gain access and recover computer crime data;

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Analyse forensic data and review findings to further probe and investigate serious computer crimes; and

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Reflect on findings and prepare reports for target audience that justifies findings and recommends potential action.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Investigation report Written report, approximately 2,000 words 20% Week 5
Case investigation and recommendation report Written report, approximately 2,000 words 20% Week 9
Examination 2-hour written examination 60% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Nelson et al, 2018, Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations, 6th Ed, Course Technologies, USA.

Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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