Cyber Forensics

Topics: Reference, Citation, Writing Pages: 8 (1111 words) Published: March 4, 2014
ICT248 & ICT548
Cyber Forensics
Richard Boddington
School of Information Technology
Assignment 2 – Research Essay

Assignment outline
• Assignment 2 – Research Essay is a submission of an
essay based on the cyber forensic environment and is worth
30% of the overall unit mark
• Internal and external students undertake the same activities and are assessed the same. ICT248 undergraduate
students are assessed differently from ICT548 post-graduate
students in Assignment 2
• The submission of a research essay based on the cyber
forensic environment. The length of the essay should be:
• ICT248 Undergraduate students - 3,500 words
• ICT548 Postgraduate students - 4,500 words

Research not a ‘free-range
• You are required to complete and submit a RESEARCHBASED essay describing and discussing the processes AND challenges involved in identifying, recovering,
securing, examining, analysing and preparing digital
evidence from a crime scene
• This covers the theoretical part of the unit and should be based on the lecture/workshop material, this guide, the
lecture notes and, most importantly your own research
• In my experience, employers are looking for graduates who possess analytical, research and communication (writing)
skills above and beyond the components of the degree

The essay MUST contain:
• Introduction and table of contents - Defining your scope of coverage of the essay

Content – To enhance your grades, you MUST include some description and discussion of the following in your essay:

Describe digital evidence
Explain the key principles of cyber forensics
Discuss investigation processes used to:

validate, and
present evidence obtained from a computer for evidentiary purposes

• Discuss and the importance of crime reconstruction hypotheses and alternative hypotheses


The essay MUST contain:
• Conclusion - most students overlook and underestimate the conclusion – this is where you summarise the facts described in the body of your essay and add your own conclusions based on what you have read. No new material should be added here.

• Grammar and spelling – spell check your drafts – get a friend or relative to proof-read your drafts prior to submission
• References that are cited in the essay – use EndNote, if you wish. This is available from the Library, free of charge. Post your draft to Turnitin (see separate instructions) to ensure that you have not inadvertently plagiarised the work of others

• Bibliography of other reference material that was used but not cited

Essay structure
• Use appropriate headings and sub-headings that relate to the chosen topic
• The essay should include relevant quotations -properly
referenced and examples used to support your discussion
within the essay
• Please don’t overuse quotations (max 5% of the document and they are not included in the word count)
• You will also be assessed on the presentation of your essay, as well as the contents


• The quality and breadth of references used will be taken into account and credit will be given for evidence of wide reading on the topic and use of material from a variety of sources (i.e., Learning Guide, books, journals, websites, newspapers, etc)

• Marks will not be awarded where correct referencing is not used and will also not be awarded where the above instructions are not followed • All assertions by other authors must be correctly referenced. • Please restrict your own comments to observations about the work of authors you are quoting

• Your own world view and statements of unsubstantiated facts (that are not referenced) do not earn marks
• Please see the Online Resources page on the unit MyLMS homepage. This will provide you with some links to help you with your essay preparation and writing

• The Research Essay must be fully referenced where the...
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