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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My only criticism of the course would be that some of the documentation was clearly out of date and on a couple of the technical exercises the disk/machine images provided were not quite the same as described in the related documentation.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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Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


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 2015 presentation of M812. The survey was carried out in 2015.

32 students (a response rate of 41.6%) 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 56.3 18
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 56.3 18
The module provided good value for money 45.2 14
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 90.6 29
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 37.5 12
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 87.5 28
I would recommend this module to other students 53.1 17
The module met my expectations 56.3 18
I enjoyed studying this module 62.5 20
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 62.5 20
Faculty comment: "The module team is pleased to note that most students enjoyed the module and were satisfied with their study experience. The original module material was written before Windows10 was in widespread use which may have caused fewer students to agree with the value for money and teaching material quality questions. Value for money is harder to address in digital forensics where proprietary software often costs thousands of pounds, but the module team is constantly working to find relevant free and open source software that is forensically sound and relevant. The 2017 presentation is also being updated to include Windows10."
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