HEA STEM (Computing): Teaching Computer Forensics

  • Date: 14 Nov 2013
  • Location/venue: University of Sunderland

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This is the 9th workshop on Teaching Forensics, the last 4 of which have been held at Sunderland. The workshops have been very successful at bringing academics together (attendance has been approx. 30 per year) to discuss the particular challenges in teaching computer forensics, share best practice and discuss opportunities for collaboration in teaching and in research.  The focus for the 2013 event is to continue with the themes that have developed and evolved over the last few years and explore ways in which to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities for students studying computer forensics, especially in assessment and feedback, employability and success. The workshop is an opportunity for academics and students in the computer forensics subject area to address the current issues and challenges in a number of themes including (but not exclusive to) student experience, student retention, computer forensics research (and the REF), new technologies (hardware and software), new computer forensics themes (cloud forensics, geo-positional forensics) curriculum changes, legal developments, ethical issues, accreditation and employability.


09.30 Coffee and registration

10.00 Welcome to University of Sunderland David Blackwell, University of Sunderland

10.05 Introduction and objectives of the day Alastair Irons, University of Sunderland

10.10 Geospatial Crypto Reconnaissance: campus discovery games for cyber security and digital forensics students, Harjinder Lallie, University of Warwick

10.30 Enhancing the Learning Experience within Digital Forensic Education, Michelle Govan, Glasgow Caledonian University

10.50 Tool Based Generation of Disk Images for Teaching, Sean Tohill, University of Westminster

11.10 Developing and Assessing the Future “Expert Witness” Emlyn Butterfield, Leeds Metropolitan University 

11.30 Coffee break 

11.50 Quantifying the Problem of Live Data Forensics, Paul Stephens, Canterbury University

12.10 Adapting Content of an Introductory Digital Forensics Module for Industry – A Case of the Miller, His Son and the Donkey? Wai Sze Leung, University of Johannesburg 

12.30 Professional Skills in Mobile Phone Investigation John Dempsey, University of Central Lancashire, Peter Jones, Zentek Forensics Ltd

12.50 Higher Education Academy Update, Karen Fraser, Higher Education Academy

13.00 Lunch – and Review of Student Posters

14.00 Search and Seizure – Making it Real(istic) Alastair Irons, University of Sunderland

14.20 Encouraging Creativity and Lateral Thinking within Digital Forensic Education, Michelle Govan, Glasgow Caledonian University 

14.40 Review of where we have come from – Discussion Alastair Irons, University of Sunderland

15.00 Tea and Close


The charge to attend this event is £50 to delegates from subscribing institutions and £100 for non-subscribers.   5 free places are available for delegates from University of Sunderland, please email externalevents@heacademy.ac.uk if you would like one of these places.

To check if your institution subscribes to The Higher Education Academy please visit http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/subscribing-institutions


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