ITC597 – Digital Forensics

Subject Outline
ITC597 – Digital Forensics
Table of Contents
Subject Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………….2
Subject Coordinator …………………………………………………………………………………………………2
Subject Coordinator ……………………………………………………………………………………..2
Email …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2
Phone………………………………………………………………………………………………………….2
Consultation procedures ………………………………………………………………………………2
Subject Overview……………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………………………….3
Learning outcomes……………………………………………………………………………………….3
Subject content ……………………………………………………………………………………………3
Key subjects…………………………………………………………………………………………………3
Subject Schedule & Delivery ……………………………………………………………………………………..4
Prescribed text……………………………………………………………………………………………..4
Class/tutorial times and location …………………………………………………………………..4
Schedule ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..4
Learning materials………………………………………………………………………………………..6
Learning, teaching and support strategies ……………………………………………………..6
Recommended student time commitment …………………………………………………….8
Assessment Items…………………………………………………………………………………………………….8
Essential requirements to pass this subject…………………………………………………….8
Items …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8
Case Study Project ………………………………………………………………………….10
Tasks and Research Project ……………………………………………………………..13
Tasks and Forensics Report ……………………………………………………………..18
Final Exam ……………………………………………………………………………………..23
Assessment Information …………………………………………………………………………………………27
Academic integrity ……………………………………………………………………………………..27
Referencing………………………………………………………………………………………………..27
How to submit your assessment items …………………………………………………………27
Online submission process………………………………………………………………27
Postal submission process ………………………………………………………………28
Hand delivered submission process …………………………………………………28
Alternative submission process ……………………………………………………….28
Extensions………………………………………………………………………………………………….28
How to apply for special consideration…………………………………………………………29
Penalties for late submission……………………………………………………………………….29
Resubmission …………………………………………………………………………………………….30
Feedback processes ……………………………………………………………………………………30
Assessment return………………………………………………………………………………………30
Student Feedback & Learning Analytics ……………………………………………………………………30
Evaluation of subjects …………………………………………………………………………………30
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Changes and actions based on student feedback ………………………………………….30
Learning analytics ………………………………………………………………………………………30
Services & Support …………………………………………………………………………………………………31
Develop your study skills …………………………………………………………………………….31
Library Services ………………………………………………………………………………………….31
Policies & Regulations …………………………………………………………………………………………….31
Subject Outline as a reference document……………………………………………………..31
Subject Summary
ITC597 – Digital Forensics
Session 1 2020
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
School of Computing and Mathematics
Internal Mode
Credit Points 8
Welcome to a new session of study at Charles Sturt University. Please refer to the University’s
Acknowledgement of Country (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/acknowledgement-ofcountry).
Subject Coordinator
Subject Coordinator Mr Mohsin Murtaza
Email mmurtaza@studygroup.com
Phone 03 9935 7960
Consultation procedures
Any questions concerning the teaching of this subject can be made by contacting your Subject
Lecturer.
Lecturer Name : Chetanpal Singh
Lecturer Email : csingh@studygroup.com (mailto:csingh@studygroup.com)
Email is the best option. Please send a brief message regarding the issue and include the
subject name and subject code in your email –it really helps to know which class you belong
to, before I respond to your query. If your query is urgent then meet with your respective
Course Coordinator on Level-4.
Class times and location
General Timetable as below will be available at the following website before the start of
202030 semester, which can be accessed on any Mobile Phone or IPAD:
https://csutimetable.au.studygroup.com/Melbourne/
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Subject Overview
Abstract
This subject provides an in-depth study of the rapidly changing and fascinating field of
computer forensics. It combines both the technical expertise and the knowledge required to
investigate, detect and prevent digital crimes. The subject covers the knowledge on digital
forensics legislations, digital crime, forensics processes and procedures, data acquisition and
validation, e-discovery tools, e-evidence collection and preservation, investigating operating
systems and file systems, network forensics, art of steganography and mobile device forensics,
email and web forensics, presenting reports and testimony as an expert witness.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
• be able to determine and explain the legal and ethical considerations for investigating
and prosecuting digital crimes;
• be able to formulate a digital forensics process;
• be able to evaluate the technology in digital forensics to detect, prevent and recover
from digital crimes;
• be able to analyse data on storage media and various file systems;
• be able to collect electronic evidence without compromising the original data;
• be able to evaluate the functions and features of digital forensics equipment, the
environment and the tools for a digital forensics lab;
• be able to critique and compose technical tactics in digital crimes and assess the steps
involved in a digital forensics investigation;
• be able to prepare and defend reports on the results of an investigation.
Subject content
Topic 1: Introduction to digital forensics
Topic 2: The investigator’s office and laboratory
Topic 3: Data acquisition
Topic 4: Processing crime and incident scenes
Topic 5: Operating systems and file systems analysis
Topic 6: Digital forensics tools
Topic 7: Report writing and presenting for high-tech investigations
Topic 8: Graphic files investigations
Topic 9: Digital forensics analysis and validation
Topic 10: Virtual machine forensics, live acquisition and network forensics
Topic 11: E-mail and social media investigations
Topic 12: Revision of selected topics
Key subjects
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Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress through your
course. You must pass the key subjects in your course at no more than two attempts. The first
time you fail a key subject you will be at risk of exclusion; if you fail a second time you will be
excluded from the course.
The Academic Progress Policy (https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00250) sets out
the requirements and procedures for satisfactory academic progress, for the exclusion of
students who fail to progress satisfactorily and for the termination of enrolment for students
who fail to complete in the maximum allowed time.
Subject Schedule & Delivery
Prescribed text
The textbooks required for each of your enrolled subjects can also be found via the Student
Portal Textbooks (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/study-essentials/textbooks) page.
Check the textbook database (link below) to ensure you have the correct textbook indicated.
Textbooks listed in this database have already been ordered for this session
https://online.csu.edu.au/de/dewtext.sqt?run=List
Students must have access to a copy of the following prescribed textbook:
Nelson, B., Phillips, A., & Steuart, C. (2019). Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations (6/
e). Boston, MA. Course Technology
Class/tutorial times and location
Your class times can be found at Timetable @ CSU (http://timetable.csu.edu.au/). Find out
how to use Timetable @ CSU via the Student Portal Class Timetable
(http://student.csu.edu.au/study/study-essentials/timetable) page.
Schedule
Session
Week
Week
Commencing Topic / Module Other Information
1 02 Mar 2020 Introduction to digital Online Topic 1 – Chapter 1
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forensics
2 09 Mar 2020 The investigator’s office
and laboratory
Online Topic 2 – Chapter 2
3 16 Mar 2020 Data acquisition Online Topic 3 – Chapter 3
4
23 Mar 2020 Processing crime and
incident scenes
Online Topic 4 – Chapter 4
Assignment 1 is due on 23rd March
2020
Census date for session 1: 27 March
2020
30 March
2020 – 12 Apr
2020
Mid-session break
5
13 Apr 2020 Operating systems and
file systems analysis
Online Topic 5 – Chapter 5
13/Apr/2020: Easter Monday public
holiday
6
20 Apr 2020 Digital forensics tools Online Topic 6 – Chapter 6
10/Apr/2020: Good Friday public
holiday
7
27 Apr 2020 Report writing and
presenting for high-tech
investigations
Online Topic 7 – Chapter 14
Assignment 2 is due on 27th April
2020
8 04 May 2020 Graphic files
investigations
Online Topic 8 – Chapter 8
09 11 May 2020 Digital forensics analysis
and validation
Online Topic 9 – Chapter 9
10
18 May 2020 Virtual machine
forensics, live
acquisition and network
forensics
Online Topic 10 – Chapter 10
11
25 May 2020 E-mail and social media
investigations
Online Topic 11 – Chapter 11
Assignment 3 is due on 25th May
2020
12 01 Jun 2020 Revision
Exams 08 Jun 2020 –
19 Jun 2020 Examination period
Public Holidays and COVID-10 Lock Down Classes Replacement Schedule:
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• Friday 3rd of April, Replacement of classes for Friday 27th of March (as per schedule)
• Monday 6th of April, Replacement of classes for Monday 9th of March (as per schedule)
• Tuesday 7th of April, Replacement of classes for Monday 13th April (as per schedule)
• Thursday 9th of April, Replacement of classes for Thursday 26th of March (as per
schedule)

Learning materials
Details of learning materials that support your success in this subject can be found in the
Interact2 Subject Site.
Learning, teaching and support strategies
All of your subject materials are available on the Interact site under the Topics link in the left
hand side menu. I suggest that for each topic you read the learning objectives carefully, read
the overview, have a quick skim of the text. Once you have got a feel for what the topic is
about try and make a good set of notes under each of the topic review questions in that
topic. These questions have been designed to give you focus in the topic, so it really helps to
prepare a useful set of answers to them.
In this subject there are also lots of opportunities for you to engage with me, with your peers
and with the subject. I will be holding 12 regular sessions where we can discuss content
issues and assessment items. As part of your assessment in this subject you are required to
work alone for all the assessment items.
The study guide and/or subject materials for this subject have been written specifically to
guide you through the sections (and questions) of the prescribed textbook relevant to each
topic.
You should check the Interact Site at least weekly for postings, announcements, lecture
information and other resources that will assist your studies or additional information and
resources vital to your success in the subject.
Studying at university does not mean studying alone. Take advantage of collective wisdom
and post your questions to the subject forum.
Use the subject schedule to plan your studies over the session.
Information on effective time management is available on the CSU Learning Support website
via the following link: http://student.csu.edu.au
You can also contact an adviser through Student Central on the following number:
1800 275 278 (or +61 2 6933 7507 from outside Australia).
Library Services
The CSU Library website provides access to online material and print, using Primo Search to
find online journal articles, eBooks, hardcopy books from CSU Library (see Library Manager
for Interlibrary Loan Requests), company & government reports, eJournals, dissertations,
theses, newspapers including Business & Financial newspapers in Factiva (See Business & IT
Journal Databases), and other reference resources (eg. Australian Bureau of Statistics,
Australian standards, online encyclopaedias & dictionaries to be read on the computer). You
will also find library guides, Subject Reserve for any readings eg. ITC100, ACC100, etc., and
online assistance to help you use the Library’s resources such as Ask a Librarian – Live Chat
and Ask a Librarian – Web Form.
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You can find Library Services on both the SGA library online catalogue:
http://primo.unilinc.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=SGA
The SGA library online catalogue allows students to Sign In, My Account shows student’s
current library record including all books on loan, Renew your borrowed books online before
the due date, also Search and Request all books in the SGA library, even if unavailable due to
high demand from students. Students can Request books when all books are on loan to other
students. When the requested book is returned to the SGA library, the student who
requested the book receives an email immediately to pick up the book from the SGA library.
View your library record online 24/7 at the above web link for SGA library.
And also CSU Library online:
http://student.csu.edu.au/library – CSU Library Services including Primo Search & Subject
Reserve online with 24/7 access, online and video tutorials in research skills, finding journal
articles for assignments, topic analysis, download Endnote referencing program and many
other online library services to help you successfully complete your assignments for all CSU
courses.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ – Powerful search engine from National Library of Australia to access
many different online resources on any subject from one search.
Contact Details for renewing loans, locating books and other information:
SGA Melbourne Library:
Peter Head – Library Manager
Ph: (03) 9935 7921
Email: PHead@studygroup.com (mailto:PHead@studygroup.com)
Library Help
http://student.csu.edu.au/library/help-contacts Friendly and quick assistance is available. Ask
for help finding information and navigating the library’s extensive eResources.
Online Tutorials
http://student.csu.edu.au/library/study-research/training-tutorials-videos
Learn how to:
• use Primo Search to find eReserve material and journal articles
• search journal databases and web resources for information for your assessments
• identify appropriate sources of information and peer reviewed material, and evaluate
resources.
Bookmark your Subject Library Resource Guide
Subject Library Guides are a great way to get started with research. Each online guide is
tailored to a specific area of study, including Accounting, Business & Information Technology
outlining how to research in your area and where to look for information.
http://libguides.csu.edu.au/
Academic Learning Support Assistance
Visit the learning support website for advice about assignment preparation, academic
reading and note-taking, referencing, and preparing for exams at: http://student.csu.edu.au/
study (http://student.csu.edu.au/study%E2%80%8B)
You may also contact:
Name: Craig Bellamy
Email: CBellamy@studygroup.com (mailto:CBellamy@studygroup.com)
Phone: (03) 9935 7978
Name: Monique Moloney
Email: MMoloney@studygroup.com (mailto:MMoloney@studygroup.com)
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Phone: (03) 9935 7919
Name: Bann Khorany
Email: Bkharany@studygroup.com (mailto:Bkharany@studygroup.com)
Phone: (03) 9935 7925
Name: Seham Shwayli
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Phone:(03) 9935 7943
For appointments, please send an email CSUstudysupportmc@studygroup.com
(mailto:CSUstudysupportmc@studygroup.com)
Queries regarding the content of this subject should be directed to your subject lecturer.
Recommended student time commitment
This subject is an 8 point subject. The CSU Subject Policy states that a standard 8 point subject
should require you to spend up to 160 hours engaged in the learning and teaching activities.
These activities include the time spent in preparation for assessment, including study for
examinations, tests, and assignment preparation.
Assessment Items
Essential requirements to pass this subject
You must obtain at least 50% in both the total mark and the examination mark in order to pass
this subject.
If you marginally fail these pass criteria you are entitled to a second chance in the following
circumstances:
I. You are eligible for an Additional Assignment (AA) if you submitted all assessment items,
passed the exam (e.g. you scored 50% or above) but received an overall mark between 45 and
49;
or
II. You are eligible for an Additional Examination (AE) if you submitted all assessment items
(including the final exam) but failed the exam (e.g. you scored less than 50%) and received an
overall mark 45 or above.
Items
Item No. Title Value Due Date* Return Date**
1 Case Study Project 10% 23-Mar-2020 15-Apr-2020
2 Tasks and Research Project 15% 27-Apr-2020 19-May-2020
3 Tasks and Forensics Report 25% 25-May-2020 17-Jun-2020
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Item No. Title Value Due Date* Return Date**
4 Final Exam 50% To be advised –
* Due date is the last date for assessment items to be received at the University
** Applies only to assessment items submitted by the due date
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Assessment item 1 – Case Study Project
Value: 10%
Due Date: 23-Mar-2020
Return Date: 15-Apr-2020
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
TASK
A Case Study (10 Marks)
You have recently joined a digital forensics investigation organisation and your manager has
assigned you a task. She asked you to research and study current data acquisition tools and
prepare a report containing the following information for each tool and stating with reasons
which tool you would prefer to use.
• Forensics vendor name and URL address
• Acquisition tool name and latest version
• Some key features of the vendor’s product
Once this data is collected, she advised you to prepare a spreadsheet, listing vendors in the
rows and for the column headings list the following features.
• Raw format
• Proprietary format
• AFF format
• Other proprietary formats the tool can read
• Compression of image files
• Remote network acquisition capabilities
• Method used for data validation (SHA-3, SHA-1, MD5, CRC-32 and so on)
Deliverable: You are required to provide two deliverables, MS Word report and a spreadsheet.
There is no word limit for the report or spreadsheet, however, your submissions should be
reasonable and as per the marks assigned to the report and spreadsheet part. There are four
marks for the report and six marks for the spreadsheet.
RATIONALE
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to evaluate the technology in digital forensics to detect, prevent and recover
from digital crimes.
• be able to evaluate the functions and features of digital forensics equipment, the
environment and the tools for a digital forensics lab.
• be able to prepare and defend reports on the results of an investigation.
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MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
Assessment 1 will be marked as per the following marking criteria. Total marks for this assignment are 10 and the assignment also carries 10%
weightage towards the final grade.
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Report (4 marks) An outstanding
report with clear and
relevant required
information on
forensic tools is
provided. A clear
statement of
preferred tool with
reason(s) is
provided.
Vendors names and
their website
address is provided.
Acquisition tools
names, their
versions and key
features are clearly
listed.
An excellent report
with clear and
relevant required
information on
forensic tools is
provided. A clear
statement of
preferred tool with
reason(s) is
provided.
Vendors names and
their website
address is provided.
Acquisition tools, file
formats supported
by the tools, latest
versions of the tools
and some key
features are listed.
A very good report
with some
information about
vendors and their
products is provided.
A statement of the
preferred forensic
tool is provided, but
reason why that tool
is selected is not
clear. Information
about acquisition
tools is provided to
satisfactory level,
but some key
features are not
listed.
A good report with
some vendors and
their product
information
provided. A
statement of
preferred tool but no
clear reasoning for
the tool preference.
Some key features of
the tools provided.
Either there is no
report or report is
missing main
components such as
acquisition tools
information, vendors
information, reason
what is the preferred
tool and also no
information about
the supported
format of the tools is
provided.
Spreadsheet (6 marks) An accurate and
outstanding
An accurate and
outstanding
An accurate
spreadsheet with the
An accurate
spreadsheet with
Either the sheet is
not provided, or the
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spreadsheet with all
the required
information in detail
as stated in the
assignment is
provided. The sheet
provides a
professional look
with proper label,
column headings
and clear
information in each
cell.
spreadsheet with the
required information
as stated in the
assignment is
provided. The sheet
provide a good look
with proper label,
column headings.
required information
as stated in the
assignment is
provided. However,
the information is
missing some of the
features from the
required list. The
sheet appearance
needs improvement,
but is acceptable.
some (at least 60%)
required information
as stated in the
assignment is
provided. The
information is
missing some of the
key features from the
required list. The
sheet appearance is
acceptable, but
needs improvement.
sheet is missing
substantial
information from the
assignment.
Possible marks 10.0 – 8.5 8.4 – 7.5 7.4 – 6.5 6.4 – 5.0 4.9 – 0
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Assessment item 2 – Tasks and Research Project
Value: 15%
Due Date: 27-Apr-2020
Return Date: 19-May-2020
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
TASK
Note: A Study Planner tool has been provided with this subject to support the assessment
process. This tool provides information about the submission flexibility of assessment tasks, and
a way to organise adjustments to submission dates. A link to the Study Planner can be found on
the Interact2 site.
Task 1: Reflection on Hands-on Projects (5 marks)
Complete the following hands-on projects from your textbook:
1. Hands-on Project 1-1
2. Hands-on Project 1-2
3. Hands-on Project 1-4
4. Hands-on Project 1-5
5. Hands-on Project 1-6
Deliverable: Write a 500-1000 words (up to two A4 pages) report on lessons learned from these
projects. Comment on each project individually within the two page limit. You can write one
lesson learned from each of the projects.
Task 2: Case Project (5 marks)
Complete the Hands-on Project 5-2 from your textbook (Nelson, Phillips, & Steuart, 6th
edition, 2019, p. 260-261). In this project you will explore the MFT and learn how to locate time
and date values in the metadata of a file you create during this project.
Deliverable: Write a 500-1000 words paper after completing this project and report what
metadata you have discovered from the file you analysed using WinHex editor. Provide screen
shots of the steps completed in the project showing the results of date and time values you
have recorded. Briefly describe the main steps that you think are necessary and important to
locate date and time values while analysing the file.
Task 3: Research Project (5 marks)
You have been assigned a digital forensics case to investigate involving a potential monetary
fraud in an organisation. The CTO of the organisation has given you access to the workstation
and other necessary hardware, e.g. USB, of one of his employees who she thinks is potentially
involved in this fraud. Your job as a digital forensics examiner is to conduct this investigation.
You are required to create a (investigation) plan and describe the standard practice procedure
that is used in such investigations. Your plan must include the procedures for collecting the
digital data, securing the evidence that you may collect and then describing the method to
validate the collected data, e.g. calculating hash values and specifying the hash algorithm that
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you intend to use, e.g. SHA-3, MD5 etc. You can make some reasonable assumptions if required
when describing your plan / procedures.
Deliverable: Write a 500-1000 word report that outlines the investigation plan, procedures to
secure the digital evidence, and data validation methods.
Note: Combine deliverable’s of all three tasks mentioned above in a single document (only MS
Word (preferable) or pdf, please note other formats e.g. *.zip, *.rar etc are NOT allowed) and then
submit that one / single document through Turnitin.
RATIONALE
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to determine and explain the legal and ethical considerations for investigating
and prosecuting digital crimes.
• be able to formulate a digital forensics process.
• be able to evaluate the technology in digital forensics to detect, prevent and recover
from digital crimes.
• be able to analyse data on storage media and various file systems.
• be able to collect electronic evidence without compromising the original data.
• be able to prepare and defend reports on the results of an investigation.
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MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
Task 1: Reflection on Hands-on Projects (5 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Task 1: Reflection on
Hands-on Projects (5
marks)
An outstanding
reflection statement
which includes
strong analysis and
documents
completely the
experience gained
by completing each
of the five projects
and clearly stating
five things learned
or discovered
supported by
evidence e.g.,
images, screenshots.
An excellent
reflection statement
which includes
analysis and
documents most of
the experience
gained by
completing each of
the five projects and
mentions five things
learned or
discovered
supported by
evidence e.g.,
images, screenshots.
A very good
reflection statement
which includes
analysis and
describes experience
gained by
completing each of
the five projects and
states five things
learned or
discovered. Some
evidence of projects
completion is
provided.
A good reflection
statement which
includes analysis
and describes
experience gained by
completing five
things learned or
discovered. Some
evidence of projects
completion is
provided.
Reflection provided
little or no learning
experience. No
evidence of working
on projects is
provided.
Task 2: Case Project (5 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Case Project 5-2
(5 marks)
Project is completed,
evidence of all steps
Project is completed,
evidence of most
Project is mostly
completed, evidence
Project is mostly
completed but with
Evidence of some
steps in the project is
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is provided, paper
provides excellent
explanation of the
importance of files
examined and how
might they affect the
case.
steps is provided,
paper provides very
good explanation of
the importance of
files examined and
how might they
affect the case.
of most steps is
provided, paper
provides reasonable
explanation of the
importance of files
examined and how
might they affect the
case.
errors and lack of
evidence, some
steps are missing,
explanation of the
importance of files
examined is missing
some details.
provided, report is
missing most details.
Task 3: Research Project (5 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Research Project (5
marks)
Standard practice for
potential fraud
case(s) investigation,
detailed
investigation plan,
securing digital
evidence and data
validation methods.
Excellent
explanation,
justification with
examples of MS
Word and Excel
hashes snapshots
provided, explained
and references are
Standard practice for
potential fraud
case(s) investigation,
reasonable detailed
investigation plan
and data validation
methods.
Reasonable
explanation and
justification with
examples of MS
Word and Excel
hashes snapshots
provided, explained
and references are
provided.
Standard practice for
potential fraud
case(s) investigation,
some steps of the
investigation plan
and data validation
methods, some
minor errors in
explanation,
justification with MS
Word and Excel
hashes snapshots
provided, explained
and references are
provided.
Standard practice for
potential fraud
case(s) investigation
and data validation
methods provided
but it lacks
reasoning for the
with MS Word and
Excel hashes
snapshots provided,
explained and
references are
provided.
Little or no evidence
of research
conducted.
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provided.
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Assessment item 3 – Tasks and Forensics Report
Value: 25%
Due Date: 25-May-2020
Return Date: 17-Jun-2020
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
TASK
Task 1: Recovering scrambled bits (5%) (5 marks)
For this task I will upload a text file with scrambled bits on the suject interact2 site closer to the
assignment due date. You will be required to restore the scrambled bits to their original order
and copy the plain text in your assignment.
Deliverable: Describe the process used in restoring the scrambled bits and insert plain text in
the assignment.
Task 2: Digital Forensics Report (20%) (20 marks)
In this major task you are asked to prepare a digital forensic report for the following scenario
after carefully reading the scenario and looking at textbook figures as referred below:
You are investigating a possible intellectual property theft by a new employee of Superior
Bicycles, Inc. This employee, Tom Johnson, is the cousin of Jim Shu, an employee who had
been terminated. Bob Aspen is an external contractor and investor who gets a strange e-mail
from Terry Sadler about Jim Shu’s new project (shown in Figure 8-5 of the textbook on p. 350).
Bob forwards the e-mail to Chris Robinson (the president of Superior Bicycles) to inquire
about any special projects that might need capital investments. Chris forwards the e-mail to
the general counsel, Ralph Benson, asking him to look into it. He also forwards it to Bob
Swartz, asking him to have IT look for any e-mails with attachments. After a little investigation,
Bob Swartz forwards an e-mail IT found to Chris Robinson (shown in Figure 8-6 of the textbook
on p. 350).
Chris also found a USB drive on the desk Tom Johnson was assigned to. Your task is to search
for and determine whether the drive contains any proprietary Superior Bicycles, Inc. data in
the form of any digital photograph as an evidence. In particular, you may look for graphic files
such as JPEG on the USB drive hidden with different format. Note for the USB drive image, you
need to download the “C08InChp.exe” file from the download section of Chapter 8 on the
student companion site of the textbook (Nelson, Phillips, & Steuart, 6/e, 2019).
Your task is to search all possible places data might be hidden (e-mails and USB drive) and
recover and present any digital evidence in the report.
Deliverable: For this forensic examination, you need to provide a report of 1800-2000 words
(approximately 5 A4 pages) in the format described in presentation section below.
RATIONALE
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
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• be able to determine and explain the legal and ethical considerations for investigating
and prosecuting digital crimes.
• be able to formulate a digital forensics process.
• be able to evaluate the technology in digital forensics to detect, prevent and recover
from digital crimes.
• be able to analyse data on storage media and various file systems.
• be able to collect electronic evidence without compromising the original data.
• be able to critique and compose technical tactics in digital crimes and assess the steps
involved in a digital forensics investigation.
• be able to prepare and defend reports on the results of an investigation.
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MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
Task 1: Recovering scrambled bits (5 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Successfully
recovering the
scrambled bits to
their original order
(5 marks)
Scrambled bits are
restored to the
original text. Tool
used to decode the
text is mentioned
and justification to
use the tool is also
provided. The
process to restore the
scrambled bits is
clearly described
with screenshots
inserted of all steps.
Scrambled bits are
restored to the
original text. Tool
used to decode the
text is mentioned but
the justification is not
very clear. The
process to restore the
scrambled bits is
described with some
screenshots.
Scrambled bits are
restored to the
original text. Tool
used to decode the
text is mentioned but
the justification is not
very clear. The
process to restore the
scrambled bits is
described but no
screenshots
provided.
Scrambled bits are
restored to the
original text. No
justification of tool
used is provided,
process seems to be
somewhat vague.
Scrambled bits are
restored but not
matching with the
original text. Tool is
not mentioned and
process is not
described.
Task 2: Forensics report (20 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Introduction:
Scope of
Introduction is
excellent, all
All elements are
present and largely
All elements are
present with few
Most elements are
present possibly with
Fails to satisfy
minimum
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engagement, tools to
be used and potential
findings
(5 marks)
elements required in
introduction are
present, well
expressed,
comprehensive and
accurate.
accurate and well
expressed.
inaccuracies. some inaccuracies. requirements of
introduction.
Analysis: relevant
programs,
techniques, graphics
(5 marks)
Description of
analysis is clear and
appropriate
programs and
techniques are
selected. Very good
graphic image
analysis.
Description of
analysis is clear and
mostly appropriate
programs and
techniques are
selected. Good
graphic image
analysis.
Description of
analysis is clear and
mostly appropriate
programs and
techniques are
selected.
Reasonable graphic
image analysis.
Description of
analysis is not
completely relevant.
Little or no graphics
image analysis
provided.
Fails to satisfy
minimum
requirements of
analysis.
Findings:
specific files/images,
type of searches, type
of evidence,
indicators of
ownership
(5 marks)
A greater detail of
findings is provided.
Keywords and string
searches are listed
very clearly. Evidence
found is very
convincing.
Indication of
ownership is very
clear.
Findings are
provided, keywords
and string searchers
are listed. Evidence is
sound. Ownership is
clear.
Findings are
provided, some
keywords are listed.
Evidence is
reasonable which
relates to the
ownership.
Findings are
provided but are
somewhat vague.
Keywords
and strings are not
very clear. Evidence
found may be
questionable.
Fails to satisfy
minimum
requirements
providing findings.
Conclusion:
Summary, Results
(3 marks)
High level summary
of results is provided
which is consistent
with the report.
Well summarised
results and mostly
consistent with the
findings.
Good summary of
results.
Able to relate the
results with findings.
No new material is
included.
Satisfies the
minimum
requirements.
Results are not really
consistent with the
findings.
Fails to satisfy
minimum
requirements of
summarising the
results.
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References:
Must cite references
to all material used as
sources for the
content
(2 marks)
APA 6th edition
referencing applied
to a range of relevant
resources. No
referencing errors.
Direct quotes used
sparingly. Sources all
documented.
APA 6th edition
referencing applied
to a range of relevant
resources. No more
than 2 referencing
errors.
Direct quotes used
sparingly. Sources all
documented.
APA 6th edition
referencing applied
to a range of relevant
resources. No more
than three errors.
Direct quotes used incontext.
All sources
are documented.
APA 6th edition
referencing applied
to a range of relevant
resources.
No more than 4
errors. Direct quotes
used in-context.
Some sources
documented.
Referencing not done
to the APA 6th edition
standard. Over-use of
direct quotes. Range
of sources used is not
appropriate and/or
not documented.
Glossary /
Appendices:
(Optional – not
marked)
Glossary of technical
terms used in the
report is provided
which has generally
acceptable source of
definition of the
terms and
appropriate
references are
included. Relevant
supporting material
is provided in
appendices to
demonstrate the
evidence.
Glossary of technical
terms used in the
report is provided
which has mostly
acceptable source of
definition of the
terms and
appropriate
references are
included. Some
supporting material
is provided in
appendices to
demonstrate the
evidence.
Glossary of some
technical terms used
in the report is
provided which has
mostly acceptable
source of definition
of the terms and
appropriate
references are
included. Some
supporting material
is provided in
appendices to
demonstrate the
evidence.
Glossary of some
technical terms
used in the report is
provided however
terms are not
generally common
and some references
are missing. Some
supporting material
is provided in
appendices.
Most terminologies
are missing.
Appendices are
either not provided
or are irrelevant.
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PRESENTATION
The following should be included as minimum requirements in the report structure:
Executive Summary or Abstract
This section provides a brief overview of the case, your involvement as an examiner,
authorisation, major findings and conclusion
• Table of Contents
• Introduction
Background, scope of engagement, forensics tools used and summary of potential findings
• Analysis Conducted
o Description of relevant programs on the examined items
o Techniques used to hide or mask data, such as encryption, steganography, hidden
attributes, hidden partitions etc
o Graphic image analysis
• Findings
This section should describe in greater detail the results of the examinations and may include:
o Specific files related to the request
o Other files, including any deleted files that support the findings
o String searches, keyword searches, and text string searches
o Internet-related evidence, such as Web site traffic analysis, chat logs, cache files, e-mail, and
news group activity
o Indicators of ownership, which could include program registration data.
• Conclusion
Summary of the report and results obtained
• References
You must cite references to all material you have used as sources for the content of your work
• Glossary (Optional)
A glossary should assist the reader in understanding any technical terms used in the report.
Use a generally accepted source for the definition of the terms and include appropriate
references.
• Appendices (Optional)
You can attach any supporting material such as printouts of particular items of evidence,
digital copies of evidence, and chain of custody documentation.
Follow the referencing guidelines for APA 6 as specified in Referencing Guides
(http://student.csu.edu.au/study/referencing-at-csu).
Submit the assignment in ONE MS Word (preferable) or pdf file on Turnitin. Please do not submit
*.zip or *.rar or multiple files.
Assessment item 4 – Final Exam
Value: 50%
Due Date: To be advised. Your exam timetable (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/exams/examtimetable)
will be released via the Student Portal. Check dates for the exam period and your
responsibilities (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/exams).
Duration: 2 Hours
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
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REQUIREMENTS
UPDATE to exam based on COVID-19.
Your exam will be a time-limited online exam. The exam will be timetabled as per normal and
you will be notified of the time via the exams office. The exam questions will be available from
a interact 2 test within your interact 2 site. The test will become active at the time given in your
exam timetable. You will then submit your answers in the online test.
The time allocated to complete the exam is 10 minutes reading time + 2 hours writing time +
15 minutes technology allowance. The technology allowance gives you extra time due to
dealing with the different medium. You are allowed to give answers for the whole time,
however it is your responsibility to submit on time. Late submissions attract heavy late
penalties.
Multiple choice questions will be randomised. [Not applicable for all exams]
Text based questions can be typed directly into the test.
If you need to include a diagram or something else that is difficult to type, then the question
will allow a file upload. [Not applicable for all exams]
It is expected that an example version of a test will be available beforehand for you to practice
the different question types.
For file upload question types (where they apply): For diagrams you can are encouraged to use
online diagram tools like Lucid Chart (https://www.lucidchart.com) or Draw.io
(https://app.diagrams.net/) to generate diagrams. Then you can export as an image and
upload that file. If you handwrite, you are recommended to use the Genius Scan app on your
mobile https://thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan to create a file to upload. We recommend that
you practice prior to your exam so you are familiar with the process in the exam environment
to avoid unnecessary pressure. Your lecturer will give more information about this during
revision.
Academic integrity is important (https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/learningresources/
build-your-skills/academic-integrity). Thus various checks will be used to look for
academic misconduct. Written answers will be processed by turnitin to look for similarities to
web sources and other students’ submissions. Uploaded files will be compared for similarities.
IP addresses will be recorded to detect collusion and impersonation. You may be interviewed
to explain why you answered questions in certain ways. Penalties for academic misconduct
are severe. Also, people who make money from academic misconduct do resort to blackmail
to make more money from their victims.
The sample exam continues to be a guide to the style of questions used in your exam.
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The final exam for ITC597 is a close book exam. There will be three parts in the final exam. Part
A will consist of fifteen multiple choice questions with each question worth one mark. Part B
will have seven short answer questions in total, out of which you will be required to attempt
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ONLY five questions. Each question will be of five marks. Part C will consist of a case study
question, where a case study or a scenario will be provided and you will be asked one or two
short questions. This part will be of total ten marks. You must pass the final exam in order to
pass the subject.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the requirements for completing the
final exam and that you attend the exam site on the correct date and at the correct time. The
School of Computing and Mathematics will not accept misreading the exam time as
misadventure.
RATIONALE
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to determine and explain the legal and ethical considerations for investigating
and prosecuting digital crimes.
• be able to formulate a digital forensics process.
• be able to evaluate the technology in digital forensics to detect, prevent and recover
from digital crimes.
• be able to analyse data on storage media and various file systems.
• be able to collect electronic evidence without compromising the original data.
• be able to evaluate the functions and features of digital forensics equipment, the
environment and the tools for a digital forensics lab.
• be able to critique and compose technical tactics in digital crimes and assess the steps
involved in a digital forensics investigation.
• be able to prepare and defend reports on the results of an investigation.
Sample exam can be found at https://doms.csu.edu.au/csu/items/6f46ee07-67a9-4209-bddfad18e2fc3582/
1/ and you may need to enter your Interact2 username and password to access
to CSU’s Digital Object Management System (DOMS).
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MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
Marking criteria for the final exam (5 x 10 = 50 marks)
Criteria HD
100% – 85%
DI
84% – 75%
CR
74% – 65%
PS
64% – 50%
FL
49% – 0
Demonstrate an ability
to analyse, reason and
discuss the concepts
learned in the subject.
Using the concepts
learned to solve case
study questions (This
includes content from
face to face lectures,
textbook chapters,
modules, readings and
forum discussions)
Demonstrate an
ability to analyse,
reason and discuss
the concepts to
draw justified
conclusions that are
logically supported
by examples and
best
practice. Answers
succinctly integrate
and link information
into cohesive and
coherent piece of
analysis and
consistently use
correct forensics
terminologies and
sophisticated
language.
Demonstrate an
ability to analyse,
reason and discuss
the concepts to draw
justified conclusions
that are logically
supported by
examples and best
practice. The
answers are logically
structured to create
cohesive and
coherent piece of
analysis that
consistently use
correct forensic
terminologies.
Demonstrate an
ability to analyse,
reason and discuss
the concepts to draw
justified conclusions
that are generally
logically supported by
examples and best
practice. The answers
are generally logically
structured to create a
comprehensive,
mainly descriptive
piece of analysis.
Some use of correct
forensic
terminologies.
Demonstrate an ability
to analyse, reason and
discuss most concepts
to draw justified
conclusions that are
generally logically
supported by
examples and best
practice. The answers
are partially
structured into
loosely-linked
rudimentary
sentences to create a
comprehensive,
descriptive piece of
analysis. Some use of
correct forensic
terminologies.
Demonstrate an
ability to analyse,
reason and discuss
some concepts to
draw conclusions
that are generally
logically supported
by examples. The
answers are
partially structured
and may tend to list
information. Uses
frequent informal
language.
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MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY
Answer Booklet (1 X 12 page) for the final exam.
MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE STUDENT
Writing implements, including a 2B pencil and an eraser.
Assessment Information
Academic integrity
Academic integrity means acting with honesty, fairness and responsibility, and involves
observing and maintaining ethical standards in all aspects of academic work. This subject
assumes that you understand what constitutes plagiarism, cheating and collusion. If you are a
new student we expect you to complete the modules called Academic Integrity at CSU
(http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/academic-integrity-course).
Charles Sturt University treats plagiarism seriously. We may use Turnitin to check your
submitted work for plagiarism. You can use Turnitin to check for plagiarism
(http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/referencing-at-csu/checking) in your assessments
before submission.
Referencing
Referencing is an important component of academic work. All assessment tasks should be
appropriately referenced. The specific details of the referencing requirements are included in
each assessment task description. Get referencing style guides and help
(http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/referencing-at-csu) to use for your assessments.
How to submit your assessment items
ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS
Assignment(s) should be submitted through Turnitin. Please meet with your respective
lecturer in the class to enroll in the Turnitin (If you are not enrolled this subject in Turnitin and/
or do not receive any email from Turnitin) maximum by week 2
All textual elements within an assessment must be submitted in a format that is readable
by Turnitin. Specific exceptions, where an assessment requires the insertion of image
based evidence of workings will be outlined in the context of the assessment. Students
that deliberately attempt to insert content of assessments in a format that is not
readable by Turnitin may be subject to Academic misconduct investigations.
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Assessment(s) such as Blogs, Quizzes, Journals and Discussion Forums are required to submit
in the Interact2, unless your lecturer advises otherwise.
Please submit the assignments only as word document in Turnitin, unless your lecturer
advises otherwise.
Assignment(s) must be submitted through Turnitin by midnight (AEST) according to the date
mentioned in the subject outline.
Assignment(s) submitted in the RESPECTIVE FINAL FOLDER only will be considered for
marking.
Additional Submission Information:
It is recommended that your name, student ID and page number are included in the header
or footer of every page of any assignment. You are also required to rename your assignment
file before you submit via Turnitin as per below protocol:
SUBJECT CODE, SMI, SURNAME, STUDENT ID, ASSESSMENT NUMBER, SESSION.
Example – ITC597 SMI SINGH 1169XXXX A1 202030.doc
POSTAL SUBMISSION PROCESS
Under normal circumstances postal submissions will not be accepted for any of the
assessments required.
HAND DELIVERED SUBMISSION PROCESS
Under normal circumstances hand delivered submissions will not be accepted for any of the
assessments required.
ALTERNATIVE SUBMISSION PROCESS
Please check online submission process for submitting or completing your assessments.
Extensions
It is best to complete assessment items by the due date. However, when something
unavoidable comes up an extension may be possible. The following principles are used when
processing extensions
1. For in-session assessment items, an extension request for up to three (3) calendar days
can be made by emailing your subject coordinator directly before the due date. In your
email please state the reason why you need more time as well as what precisely you are
requesting. Supporting documentation is not required. If an extension is requested in the
above format with a valid reason and your request does not disadvantage other students, the
extension will be approved.
2. For in-session assessment items, extension requests of more than three (3) calendar
days must be made via the special consideration form: https://apps.csu.edu.au/
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specialcons/. The request must be made before the due date and must include supporting
documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in the Special Consideration
Policy<https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00298>. Each request will be considered
on a case by case basis. The request may not be granted. The maximum extension possible
will be seven (7) calendar days.
3. If you receive an extension, then you should expect the assessment item and its feedback to
be returned later. If you submit later than the extended due date you will receive late penalties
as per guidelines below.
4. Unless your extension permits otherwise, submissions received 10 days after the original
due date will receive zero.
5. For end of session exams, you can request a supplementary exam via
https://apps.csu.edu.au/specialcons/. This request must be made within 3 working days of the
date of exam and must include supporting documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in
the Special Consideration Policy <https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00298>. For
medical issues, a CSU medical certificate is required. If the supplementary exam (SX) is
awarded then your exam is moved to the next examination period. In order to preserve exam
integrity and manage the logistics of exams, the timing of a supplementary exam is heavily
restricted.
How to apply for special consideration
Academic regulations provide for special consideration to be given if you suffer misadventure
or extenuating circumstances during the session (including the examination period) which
prevents you from meeting acceptable standards or deadlines. Find the form on the Student
Portal Special Consideration, Misadventure, Advice and Appeals (http://student.csu.edu.au/
study/academic-advice) page.
Penalties for late submission
The penalty for late submission of an assessment task (without obtaining the Subject
Coordinator’s approval for an extension) will be:
10% deduction per day, including weekends, of the maximum marks allocated for the
assessment task, i.e. 1 day late 10% deduction, or 2 days late 20% deduction.
An example of the calculation would be:
Maximum marks allocated = 20
Penalty for one day late = 2 marks (so, a score of 18/20 becomes 16/20 and a score of 12/20
becomes 10/20).
If an assignment is due on a Friday but is not submitted until the following Tuesday, then the
penalty will be four days (40% deduction or 8 marks in the example above).
Submissions more than 10 days late will be acknowledged as received but will not be marked.
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Resubmission
Under normal circumstances resubmission of assessment items will not be accepted for any of
the assessments required in this subject.
Feedback processes
Feedback for assessment items will be provided by subject lecturer/s. You may also approach
the lecturer for further clarification or feedback on the assignment.
Assessment return
You should normally expect your marked assessment to be returned to you by the return date,
if your assessment was submitted on time. If you submitted your assessment on time but have
not received the marks by the return date, you should make inquiries in the first instance to
the subject lecturer. If subject lecturer is not available please contact respective Course
Coordinator.
Student Feedback & Learning Analytics
Evaluation of subjects
Charles Sturt University values constructive feedback and relies on high response rates to
Subject Experience Surveys (SES) to enhance teaching. Responses are fed back anonymously
to Subject Coordinators and Heads of Schools to form the basis for subject enhancement and
recognition of excellence in teaching. Schools report on their evaluation data; highlighting
good practice and documenting how problems have been addressed. You can view a summary
of survey results via the Student Portal SES Results (https://student.csu.edu.au/study/subjectexperience-
survey-results) page.
We strongly encourage you to complete your online Subject Experience Surveys. You will be
provided with links to your surveys via email when they open three [3] weeks before the end of
session.
Changes and actions based on student feedback
The subject that you are studying has been developed over several years and we have taken
notice of feedback from students in the past. In particular, this year the subject has been
changed in response to feedback from last year’s class in the following ways: CSU online
weekly meetings and or Podcasts will be used extensively in this subject to provide students
with an opportunity to review lecture content at times outside of the scheduled lecture times.
Learning analytics
Learning Analytics refers to the collection and analysis of student data for the purpose of
improving learning and teaching. It enables the University to personalise the support we
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provide our students. All Learning Analytics activities will take place in accordance with the
Charles Sturt University Learning Analytics Code of Practice. For more information, please visit
the University’s Learning Analytics (http://www.csu.edu.au/division/student-learning/home/
analytics-and-evaluations/learning-analytics) website.
Data about your activity in the Interact2 site and other learning technologies for this subject
will be recorded and can be reviewed by teaching staff to inform their communication,
support and teaching practices.
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support. These include study, admin, residential, library, careers, financial, and personal
support.
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articles, books, and multimedia resources needed for your studies and assessments. Get the
most out of these resources by contacting Library staff either online or in person, or make use
of the many Library Resource Guides, videos and online workshops available.
Policies & Regulations
This subject outline should be read in conjunction with all academic policies and regulations.
Please refer to the collated list of policies and regulations relevant to studying your subject(s)
(http://student.csu.edu.au/administration/policies-regulations-subjects) which includes links
to Charles Sturt University’s Policy Library (http://www.csu.edu.au/about/policy) – the sole
authoritative source of official academic and administrative policies, procedures, guidelines,
rules and regulations of the University.
Subject Outline as a reference document
This Subject Outline is an accurate and historical record of the curriculum and scope of your
subject. Charles Sturt University’s Subject Outlines Policy (https://policy.csu.edu.au/
view.current.php?id=00267) requires that you retain a copy of the Subject Outline for future
use such as for accreditation purposes.
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