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ITDF 1300   Introduction to Digital Forensics (3)
This is a WECM Course Number.
A study of the application of forensic science and technology to collect, analyze, document, and present after-the-fact digital information from digital sources while maintaining a documented chain of custody to determine exactly what happened on a digital device. Overview of ethics, white collar crime, HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, and other legal guidelines/regulations/laws. Includes overview of tools used for forensic analysis of digital devices seized in investigations. Also covers securing a search warrant, collecting digital evidence, protecting digital evidence, and obtaining information from offenders. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)

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ITDF 1305   Fundamentals of Digital Data Storage (3)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search as prescribed by the program and college.
Exploration, examination, and assessment of the characteristics and details of digital storage media used in computers systems and small-scale digital devices, such as cell phones, cameras, DVRs, PDAs, websites and other devices. Includes experimenting with various open source tools to reinforce identification of evidentiary data. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)

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ITDF 1370   Introduction to Cyber Crime (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
An examination of the history of cyber crime and techniques and strategies for investigating computer crime will be the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on identifying cyber crime activity and applying the concepts, theories and laws of computer crime to the conduct of investigations. (3 Lec.)

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ITDF 2320   Digital Forensics Collection (3)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Corequisite/Concurrent: ITDF 2425 Digital Forensics Tools. Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search as prescribed by the program and college.
A study of how to obtain digital evidence of a device and from network messages and logs while preserving the evidentiary chain. Includes the legal aspects of the search and seizure of computers and related equipment/information. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)

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ITDF 2330   Digital Forensics Analysis (3)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 2320 Digital Forensics Collection and ITDF 2425 Digital Forensics Tools.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search as prescribed by the program and college.
Digital forensic analysis, report preparation, and evidence presentation. Emphasizes balancing legal and technical aspects of cases where digital forensics is employed. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)

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ITDF 2425   Digital Forensics Tools (4)
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Prerequisite: ITDF 2320 Digital Forensics Collection.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search as prescribed by the program and college.
Skills-based course in the applications of major forensic hardware and software tools such as EnCase, ILook, Forensic Tool Kit, write blockers, StegAlyzerSS, "X-Ways" forensic software, ProDiscover Basic, and others. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)

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ITDF 2435   Comprehensive Digital Forensics Project (4)
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Prerequisite: : ITDF 2320 Digital Forensics Collection, ITDF 2425 Digital Forensics Tools, and ITDF 2330 Digital Forensics Analysis.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search as prescribed by the program and college.
Comprehensive application of skills learned in previous digital forensics courses in a simulated crime scene or workplace investigation. Includes collection, analysis, and presentation of digital data and evidence in a problem-based case study format. This course is used as a capstone course for a certificate or degree. (2 Lec., 7 Lab.)

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ITDF 2470   Financial Cyber Crime (4)
This is a Local Need Course.
This course covers and explores the areas of economic cyber crime. Emphasis is placed on crimes that are being committed using computers, networks and the Internet and their impact to businesses. Attacks on networks of businesses have resulted in large monetary losses, compromised customer privacy and fraudulent activity. (4 Lec.)

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ITDF 2471   Internship for Digital Forensics (4)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: Students will need to pass a criminal background check before beginning internship.
This course provides experience in digital forensics in either the public or private sector. Emphasis is placed on student involvement with business or government agencies dealing with digital forensic analysis or investigation. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully analyze a real-world computer forensic operation and convey the results to the client in written and verbal form. (18 Ext.)

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.

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