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Degree Plans - Digital Forensics - Digital Forensics AAS (Archived)

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DIGITAL FORENSICS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

Richland only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.DIGIT.FOREN.09

This degree is designed to prepare students for various career opportunities in the computer forensics arena in government, private sector, and law enforcement agencies. The program consists of two degree tracks leading to the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students may specialize in the Cyber Crime or Information Assurance Track. The Cyber Crime Track places emphasis on investigative techniques, audit and financial analysis applicable to computer forensics. The Information Assurance Track places more emphasis on computer operating systems, network security, and incident response to security threats. This program is intended to provide a foundation on which the graduate can build a computer forensic career through expanded experience and/or further education. Students might be required to pass a criminal background check as specified in the designated course(s) below.

For better transferability of AAS of Digital Forensics degree to universities, students should complete an AAS in Digital Forensics degree's Information Assurance Specialization requirement plus:

3 Credit hours of Humanities course
3 Credit hours of History (HIST 1301 or HIST 1302)
3 Credit hours of Government (GOVT 2301 or GOVT 2302)
3 Credit hours of English (ENGL 1302)
CREDIT HOURS

(1st YEAR CURRICULUM)

SEMESTER I

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra OR (4)
MATH 1332 College Mathematics I (3)
Elective1 Social/Behavior Sciences 3
17-18

SEMESTER II

ITDF 1300 Introduction to Digital Forensics 3
ITSC 1456 Solaris Shell Programming (SL) 4
ITCC 1401 Exploration Cisco Exploration 1 - Network Fundamentals 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
Elective2 Humanities/Fine Arts 3-4 3
17-18 17

SEMESTER III

ITDF 1370 Introduction to Cyber Crime* OR 3
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I** (4)
ACNT 1305 Forensic Accounting* OR 3
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security** (4)
IMED 2415 Web Design II 4
Specialty Elective3 3-4
13-16
Minimum Hours Required 47-52 47-51

A student must complete the Semester I, II, III, and all the courses in one of the following specializations (Cyber Crime or Information Assurance) in Semesters IV and V in order to be awarded the AAS in Digital Forensics.

*First two courses for Cyber Crime Specialization.

**First two courses for Information Assurance Specialization.

1Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Social/Behavioral Sciences.

2Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

3Specialty Elective - must be selected from the following courses:

ITSY 2342 Incident Response and Handling 3
ITSY 2343 Computer System Forensics 3
ITDF 2320 Digital Forensics Collection 3
CJSA 1348 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
PSYT 2370 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
ITSY 1417 Wireless Foundation 4
ITSC 1429 Fundamentals of Solaris Operating Environment (SA) 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
ITNW 1451 Fundamentals of Wireless LANs 4

CYBER CRIME SPECIALIZATION:

SEMESTERS I, II, and III

Semesters I, II, and III Curriculum 47-52 47-51
47-52

SEMESTER IV

IDTF 2470 Financial Cyber Crime 4
ITDF 1305 Fundamentals of Digital Data Storage 3
ITDF 2425 Digital Forensics Tools 4
11

SEMESTER V

ITDF 2330 Digital Forensics Analysis 3
ITDF 2435 Comprehensive Digital Forensics Project OR 4
ITDF 2471 Internship for Digital Forensics (4)
7
Cyber Crime Minimum Hours Required 65-70 65-69

INFORMATION ASSURANCE SPECIALIZATION:

SEMESTERS I, II, and III

Semesters I, II, and III Curriculum 47-52 47-51
47-52

SEMESTER IV

ENGL 2311 Technical Writing 3
ITSY 2459 Security Assessment and Auditing 4
ITSY 1442 Information Technology Security 4
11

SEMESTER V

ITSY 2401 Firewalls and Network Security OR 4
CPMT 2434 Network Security (4)
ITSY 2441 Security Management Practices 4
8
Information Assurance Minimum Hours Required 66-71 66-70
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