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Digital forensics

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: M812
  • Level: Postgraduate

Student reviews

I enjoyed this course, and it certainly stretched me in a good way. It seemed to me to be about 50% Legal and 50% Technical. My background is technical, so indeed the legal piece really stretched me in terms of learning how to find and read statutes, cases and so on.

The technical piece was interesting and challenging too, some of the technical challenges would I think be quite tough for someone with more basic computer knowledge and knowing *nix type systems is clearly an advantage. Learning to investigate in an organised manner and documenting what you do as you do it was emphasised, and I think valuable.

My only criticism of the course would be that some of the documentation was clearly out of date and on a couple of the technical exercises the disk/machine images provided were not quite the same as described in the related documentation.

Overall - I enjoyed this module, found it appropriately challenging, the faculty helpful and valuable learning.

James John Oliver

Course starting: May 2015

Review posted: July 2016

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the May 2016 presentation of M812. The survey was carried out in 2016.

28 students (a response rate of 32.9%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 28.6 8
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 32.1 9
The module provided good value for money 25.9 7
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 73.1 19
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 17.9 5
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 67.9 19
I would recommend this module to other students 29.6 8
The module met my expectations 28.6 8
I enjoyed studying this module 46.4 13
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 53.6 15
Faculty comment: "While the data for the module shows lower numbers for quality/value for money than typically seen on other modules, there are a number of factors that contribute to this. This module covers areas that are quite new for computing students, including legal thinking; essay writing; and working with operating systems and command line interface software, with which they might be unfamiliar. However, the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences has just awarded us recognition status and has commended the module in several areas. This is a fast-moving area and the module team is working hard to keep the module up to date."
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