Enrolments: 352,588

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 343,723

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Digital Forensics


This short course was designed to provide you an accelerated high-level view of the emerging and evolving digital forensics field. Students will develop an understanding about the role of digital forensic investigator and learn about the forensics process without going into the details of complex legal aspects of the field. One of the salient features of the course is the use of some popular forensic and data acquisition tools and performing hands-on exercises to acquire and validate data from various sources which include cloud, mobile devices and online social networks.

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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled15,234 students

Course Schedule

Week 1:

Digital Forensics and Investigation

  • The investigative process
  • Role of digital forensics investigator
  • Corporate vs. criminal investigation
  • Establishing a digital forensics lab
  • Content search techniques

Week 2:

Data Acquisition and Validation

  • Determining the best acquisition method
  • Using acquisition tools
  • Validating forensic data
  • Data hiding techniques
  • Capturing a forensic image

Week 3:

Virtual Machines, Networks and Email Forensics

  • Virtual machine forensics
  • Performing live acquisitions
  • Procedures for network forensics
  • Role of email in investigation
  • Applying digital forensics in social media

Week 4:

Mobile Devices and Cloud Forensics

  • Acquisition procedures in mobile devices
  • Social media forensics on mobile devices
  • Mobile forensics tools
  • Conducting a cloud investigation
  • Challenges in cloud forensics

Week 5:

Exam Week

  • Final exam – a free open-book online test
  • 40 multiple choice questions (pass mark – 50%)
  • Duration: 1 hour

Course Information Q&A

What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University.

Who presents the webinars?

This short course was developed by Dr. Tanveer Zia.

Tanveer is CSU’s expert in ICT security, and his interviews on important ICT security issues have also been published in The Australian, iTwire.com, iTnews.com, and openforum.com. He is the Associate Head for CSU’s School of Computing & Mathematics, as well as being the course coordinator and driving force behind CSU’s unique Doctor of Information Technology.

Tanveer regularly serves on advisory and program committees of several international conferences and actively publishes in international conferences and refereed journals. He is also on the editorial board of Springer’s Wireless Networks (WINET) – The Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information. He was the General Co-Chair of SecureComm 2013, and has served in program committees for a number of prestigious international conferences, including IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE WOWMOM, IEEE SPIN, IEEE ISSNIP, and SENSORCOMM.

Tanveer’s research interest include:

  • forensic computing
  • security of low powered mobile devices
  • biometric security
  • cloud computing security
  • information assurance
  • protection against identity theft
  • trust management

Tanveer has earned his PhD from the University of Sydney, Master of Interactive Multimedia (MIMM) from University of Technology Sydney, MBA from Preston University USA, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Southwestern University, Philippines.

Visit this link for more information about Tanveer’s academic and professional activities.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.