This technical report should be the culmination of good literature review work carried out through using a wide mix of sources: lecture slides, textbooks, industrial standards and guidelines, research papers, and web resources.
It should present the appropriate background on the topic area of interest. It should also present technical content in relative depth looking at all the issues concerned. The report needs an introduction at the beginning and a conclusion at the end. Your lecturer also prefers the report should be critical in terms of literature review and creative in terms of the report content (incl. method, results and evaluation). A list of resources referenced and a separate bibliography should be produced in the Harvard/IEEE reference format.
The two links can be a good reference for report structure references (though not restricted to):
1. http://www2.port.ac.uk/media/contacts-and-departments/student-support- services/ask/downloads/Key-features-of-academic-reports.pdf
The key texts indicated in the module specification, specialist journals, and various Web sites, such as Computer Crime Research Centre (http://www.crime-research.org/), and Uniting Forensic Computing Practitioners! (http://www.f3.org.uk/) etc. provide a good guidance in terms of the report content.
The technical report should be based on one of the topics listed below, which link to one or more sections of the module syllabus.
1. new developments in digital crimes and the challenges to computer forensics
2. electronic evidence and new techniques to retrieve potential evidence
3. control of crime scene, and securement and verification of authenticity of evidence
4. investigative plan and the process for retrieving potential evidence
5. computer forensics tools and/or the investigator’s office/laboratory
6. laws, standards, guidelines, and ethics in relation to computer forensics
7. technical/expert witness and reporting investigation results
8. open source forensic tools, data/scenarios, and a demonstration of digital crime investigation process
9. UK computer forensics development: laws, standards, organizations and techniques
The coursework is assessed on the following criteria:
1. academic challenge/originality
3. critical reflection and conclusion
4. clarity of expression and readability
5. construction and presentation of the document
Grade (F3, F2, F1, D, … A-, A, A+)
Expanded in the following table
6. reference and bibliography 10%
No work or work totally irrelevant.
Unacceptable level of competency. The overall standard is very weak and very few learning outcomes are achieved.
A very weak level of competency. Use of insufficient skills to apply knowledge and understanding in a range of activities demonstrating a weak comprehension of relevant theories and practices.
A basic level of competency. Use of very basic skills to apply knowledge and understanding in a range of activities demonstrating a basic comprehension of relevant theories and practices.
An acceptable level of competency. Use of basic skills to apply knowledge and understanding in a range of activities demonstrating an acceptable comprehension of relevant theories and practices.
A satisfactory level of competency. Use of limited skills to apply knowledge and understanding in a range of activities demonstrating a satisfactory comprehension of relevant theories and practices
A fairly good level of competency. Use of limited skills to apply knowledge and understanding in a range of activitie–Message truncated–