GradCert Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
This programme gives law enforcement officers knowledge and skills to investigate cybercrimes and to gather, handle and use digital evidence and intelligence in order to disrupt criminal activity and prevent crime and to secure convictions.
In the past 10 years, over 600 students from 58 countries and have started this programme. A wide range of modules is available at beginner and advanced levels. There are three core (foundation) modules and twelve further modules which students may select depending on their interests. See module descriptions for learning outcomes. Students may graduate with a Graduate Certificate award once they have successfully completed and passed exams for 30 credits taken from modules from the wide range available in the programme. Depending on the modules taken, on completion of the course you will be able to conduct forensic analysis of a computer and use common network investigation techniques, investigate malware-based intrusions, perform mobile device forensics, preserve and analyse volatile evidence contained in the main memory (RAM), use Linux forensics analysis tools and techniques, write custom tools for data analysis and build forensic applications, overcome investigative challenges of VoIP and locating mobile users, investigate money laundering and trace illicit funds and investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet.
Vision and Values Statement
This is a distance learning degree programme for law enforcement. This programme aims to provide high quality forensic computing and cybercrime investigation training and formal education. It is also designed to delivery cutting-edge, up-to-date cybercrime investigation techniques, strategies and tactics that allow students to understand and tackle emerging trends in cybercrime. (Purposes). Over the past 10 years we have brought in specialists from around the world to review and advise on the content considering the needs of digital forensic investigators and computer crime specialists. The UCD School of Computer Science (CSI) and UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) have been working closely with law enforcement agencies and industry practitioners in seeking solutions to technologies-related crime. CSI and CCI staff also collaborate with the scientists from European Cybercrime Training and Educational Group at Europol (ECTEG) to work on applied research and developing forensic tools and then transfer both high impact research achievement and efficient, free forensic tools to the students. This programme is delivered by not only the experienced academia staff from CSI and CCI but also experts who are the leaders, managers, heads of forensic departments in law enforcement agencies and industries. Besides, with a modular structure and part-time options, students can combine study with full-time work and family commitments. (Values). The programme structure fosters and encourages close liaison between students, so graduates leave not only having required skills for all cybercrime investigating services but also an excellent international network of contacts for the future. (Learning outcomes). All lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, allowing students to participate from their house or office. All modules consist of continuous formative assessment components assessing core practical skills and culminate in a written summative assessment final exam. Students attend UCD exam centres only for examinations each year. Each module is either 5 credits or 10 credits. Students will graduate with a UCD GradCert when (s)he has achieved 30 credits. (Approaches to teaching learning and assessment).
Understand methods used to conduct forensic analysis of digital devices including computer systems and mobile devices
Identify, collect, process, analyse and present digital forensics evidence
Use common network investigation techniques
Develop critical thinking in anaylsing and performing cybercrime investigation
Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis
Work in group to resolve computer forensic challenges
Understand cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigation
Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems
Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications
Investigate money laundering and trace illicit funds
Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet