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An educational paradigm for teaching computer forensics

An educational paradigm for teaching computer forensics

Chadwick, David, Gan, Diane ORCID: 0000-0002-0920-7572 and Frangiskatos, Dimitrios (2011) An educational paradigm for teaching computer forensics. In: Enhancing Employability of Computing Students. The Higher Education Academy, Information and Computer Sciences, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, UK. ISBN 9780956522030

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Teaching Computer Forensics to students at postgraduate and undergraduate levels is a challenge. Creating an assignment that is both realistic and also helpful to students when pursuing careers in this competitive area is also a demanding task for the lecturer. A problem-based learning (PBL) strategy has been used to increase the employability of the students, by designing a real-world problem for the students to solve. It can be shown that this enhances the employability skills of the students when it comes to finding jobs. The coursework is based around a case study. To add an extra dimension to the assessment we involved final year Law students from the School of Humanities, Law Department, to act as jury members and also to help to cross-examine the postgraduate students while they presented their findings in the role of an Expert Witness. This created at the same time a valuable exercise for the legal students in the context that evidence presented in courts is increasingly computer-based evidence. This paper discusses the preparation of the evidence files, how employability is enhanced by the use of a PBL approach to teaching, the process of evaluating the results of the students work and concludes with an overview of the student experience for all students involved.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Enhancing Employability of Computing Students
Additional Information: [1] The defninitive version was published by the Information and Computer Sciences Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy and can be found on the website - [2] This paper forms part of the published proceedings of the conference - Enhancing Employability of Computing Students - which took place 16 February 2011, at the University of Derby, Derby, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer forensics, problem-based learning strategy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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