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Digital Forensic

By Dr. Navjot Kaur Kanwal   |   Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (M.P.)
If you are an internet user, this is a must join course for you, designed in a most illustrative manner with lot of multimedia for your better understanding. Technology has facilitated us in many ways, almost in all facets of our life. No one can deny the extent of convenience being provided by Information and communication technology but in contrast because of its anonymity, it provides a suitable platform for criminals to commit crime. In the contemporary world due to revolutionary outburst of computers and mobile phones which has led to increase in various types of cyber crimes using these digital devices and Internet. Digital Forensics is a branch of Forensic Science comprises of recovery and investigation of materials found in digital devices like a Computers, network devices, tablet or a cell phone and typically refers to the seizure, acquisition, and analysis of digital data and the presentation of the report in the courtroom. 
The course is very useful for the students, lawyers, investigating officers who are keen to know and passionate about the concepts of Digital Forensics. There is continuous increase in the demand of digital forensic experts, a flourishing carrier option for those who are interested to explore this challenging profession. Other than career option, it makes you aware about different threats on the internet and how to protect yourself from all these threats. 

This course is based on UGC Curriculum and presented as a four credit elective course. The objective of this course are to :
Understand and utilize the  fundamental concept of computers and digital forensics
Students shall be prepared for various technologies/tools to combat and investigate computer and cyber crimes.
      The first part deals with fundamentals of computer architecture, importance of hardware , software , input/output devices, processor, memory, storage devices, then make you learn about various file systems and encoding and decoding in computers.
     The second half of the syllabus is dedicated to various types of cyber crimes and its investigation and finally we would understand some of the challenges faced in present scenario. 

Learners enrolled: 2087


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 06 Jul 2020
End Date : 15 Nov 2020
Exam Date : 15 Nov 2020
Enrollment Ends : 30 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate


    Week Lecture Title of Video and Reading text/Lecture/ppt

    First Week Lecture 1 Introduction to Digital Forensics 
    Lecture 2 Fundamentals of Computer Hardware and accessories-1
    Lecture 3 Fundamentals of Computer Hardware and accessories-2

    Second week Lecture 4 Computer architecture 
    Lecture 5 Understanding the binary number system & Conversions 
    Lecture 6 Encoding and Decoding  formats 

    Third Week Lecture 7 Methods of storing data
    Lecture 8 Computer Memory
    Lecture 9 Development of hard disk, physical construction, CHS & LBA addressing

    Fourth Week Lecture 10  Processor
    Lecture 11 Software 
    Lecture 12  Operating System Part I 

    Fifth week Lecture 13  Operating System Part II (History & Development)
    Lecture 14  Understanding file system –I
    Lecture 15  Understanding file system-II (file formats )

    Sixth Week Lecture 16  Networking and types of networks
    Lecture 17  Networking Devices
    Lecture 18  Internet

    Seventh Week Lecture 19  The Internet Protocols
    Lecture 20  Definition and types of computer crimes
    Lecture 21  Distinction between computer crimes and conventional crimes.

     Eighth week Lecture 22  Basic Concepts of  Network security –I
    Lecture 23  Basic Concepts of  Network security –II
    Lecture 24  Encryption and decryption methods

    Ninth Week Lecture 25  Types of computer crimes-l
    Computer virus, and computer worm, Trojan horse, trap door, super zapping, logic bombs.
    Lecture 26  Types of computer crimes-ll
      Social media crimes, intellectual property crimes, cyber pornography& child pornography, cyber terrorism, hate speech and cyber security
    Lecture 27  Types of computer crimes –lll

    Tenth Week Lecture 28    Seizure of suspected computer. Preparation required prior to seizure
    Lecture 29     Legal and privacy issues in computer forensics
    Lecture 30     Open and Proprietary tools for Digital Forensics

    Eleventh week Lecture 31     Disk Forensics
    Lecture 32     Digital Forensics-Memory & Network forensics
    Lecture 33     Computer forensic investigation Restoration of deleted files, Password cracking, Email    tracking

    Twelfth week Lecture 34     Digital Forensics - Mobile phone Forensics
    Lecture 35     Digital  Forensics - forensics
    Lecture 36          Relevant law to combat computer crime –Information Technology Act

    Thirteen week Lecture 37      Discussion on Practical aspects of IT Act
    Lecture 38      New challenges of computer forensic-I
    Lecture 39      New challenges of computer forensic- II


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    Dr. Navjot Kaur Kanwal

    Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (M.P.)
    Dr. Navjot Kaur Kanwal (M.Sc, PhD –Forensic Science, PGDCA, M.Sc- IT): Working as Assistant Professor in Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (M.P). A competent academician having 15 years of rich & extensive experience in teaching, research. Adroit in research in subjects like Digital Forensics, Facial Forensics, Questioned documents & Fingerprints, drugs of abuse. Having in-depth knowledge in the field and actively participating /presenting in different conferences and have publication in various reputed journals/conference proceedings. For academic excellence she has been participating in various workshops, orientation courses.