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ITDF 1300 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Introduction to Digital Forensics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITSC 1405, ITSC 1425, or instructor approval.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Digital Data Storage Forensics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 1300 and ITDF 1370 or instructor approval.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 1370 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Introduction to Cyber Crime
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ITDF 1300 or instructor approval.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 2320 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Digital Forensics Collection
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 1305 or instructor approval.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 2330 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Digital Forensics Analysis
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 2320 and ITDF 2425.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Digital Forensics Tools
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 2320.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 2435 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Comprehensive Digital Forensics Project
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ITDF 2320, ITDF 2425, and ITDF 2330.
Course Description: 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., 6 Lab.)

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ITDF 2470 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Financial Cyber Crime
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: ITDF 1370.
Course Description: 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.)


ITDF 2471 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Internship for Digital Forensics
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: Students might be required to pass a criminal background check before beginning internship.
Course Description: 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. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (18 Ext.)



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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