Computer Forensics & Project Management Diploma

The Program in Brief

The Computer Forensics course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of computer forensics, investigation tools, and techniques. Participants will learn about computer Hardware, Software and networking fundamentals. They will also learn about computer forensics as a profession and the investigative process. All major personal computer operating system architectures and disk structures will be discussed. Participants will learn about setting up an investigator’s office and laboratory, and become familiar with the hardware and software tools available. Participants will also learn the importance of digital evidence controls and how to process crime and incident scenes. Lastly, participants will learn the details of data acquisition, computer forensic analysis, e-mail investigations, image file recovery, investigative report writing, and expert witness requirements. The course provides a range of laboratory and hands-on assignments that teach theory as well as the practical applications of computer forensic investigation. The Project Management module will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects. Students will be able to appreciate the importance of good project management, demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques such as the triple constraint of project management, the project management knowledge areas and process groups, the project life cycle, tools and techniques of project management Students will be able to apply project management concepts by working on a group project as project manager or active team member and will use Microsoft Project 2007 and other software to help plan and manage a small project.

ISFCE ATP Small (300x82)

Prerequisites:

Grade 12. Police Record Check
Some technical familiarity with computer hardware and operating systems would be ideal but not a requirement.

Course Breakdown:
Part I
  • PC and Networking Fundamentals
  • Computer Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  • Introduction to Network Administration
  • Networking Standards and the OSI Model
  • Network Protocols
  • Transmission Basics and networking Media
  • Physical and Logical Topologies
  • Networking Hardware
  • Networking Software
  • WANS and Remote Connectivity
  • Networking in the Context of different Platforms
  • Networking in the Context of TCP/IP and the Internet
  • Troubleshooting Networking Problems
  • Wireless Networking concepts
  • Maintaining and Upgrading Networks
  • Ensuring Integrity and Availability of networks
  • An Introduction to Network Security
Part II
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations as a profession
  • Understanding ethics and rules governing Computer Investigations
  • Operating Systems
  • Linux Boot Processes and Disk Structures
  • Designing and building Computer Forensics Lab techniques
  • Forensics Tools Basics, Evaluation and Validation
  • Digital Evidence Processing and control
  • Data Acquisition
  • Computer Forensics techniques
  • E-Mail Investigations
  • Recovering and rebuilding Image Files
  • Investigation Report writing skills
  • Expert Witness fundamentals and practice
Part III

IT Project Management

  • Introduction to Project Management and the Information Technology Context
  • The Project Management Process Groups: A Case Study and Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management, Project 2007
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management, Certifications
  • Project Human Resource Management and Project Communications Management, Templates
  • Project Risk Management and Project Procurement Management