ADJ 161 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Cybercrime Investigation certificate

Course Number and Title:            ADJ 161, Introduction to Computer Crime

Credit Hours:   3      Hours/Wk Lecture:   3                    Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:    3


I.              Catalog Description: Provides a basic introduction to the nature of computer crimes, computer criminals, relevant law, investigative techniques, and emerging trends.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: The course introduces students to the vast field of computer crimes.  The course will allow students to become familiar with laws that can be violated through the use of computers and other digital devices.  Students will learn how computers and digital devices can be utilized to gain evidence for the prosecution of criminal cases.  The course will also familiarize students with relevant law pertaining to digital evidence and different techniques available to law enforcement in investigating computer crimes.


III.           Required background:  ENF 2 as a corequisite


IV.          Course Content:

A.    Introduction and Overview of Computer Forensics and Cybercrime

B.   Computer Terminology and History

C.   Traditional Computer Crime

D.   Contemporary Computer Crime

E.   Identity Theft and Identity Fraud

F.    Terrorism and Organized Crime

G.   Avenues for Prosecution and Government Efforts

H.   Applying the First Amendment to Computer-Related Crime

I.      The Fourth Amendment and Other Legal Issues

J.    Computer Forensics: Terminology and Requirements

K.   Searching and Seizing Computer-Related Evidence

L.    Processing of Evidence and Report Preparation

M.   Future Issues


V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students

will be able to:

VI.  Evaluation


Assignments, quizzes, tests, final presentation


A.   Demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer related crimes.

B.   Use effective investigative techniques with responding to computer related crimes.

C.   Demonstrate a general knowledge of law relevant to computer crimes and the collection of digital evidence.

D.   Understand emerging trends as they relate to computer crimes and criminals.

    This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Information Literacy
Cultural and Social Understanding
Critical Thinking