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Digital Forensics Online

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Students in this major will become skilled at detecting cybercrime, using forensics tools and techniques. Our Digital Forensics program is offered in conjunction with AccessData, the industry leader in digital forensic software. Women in this program practice computer forensics, incident response, eDiscovery, legal review, IP theft, and compliance auditing. Students have access to the most current materials, topics, case studies and tools available. After the completion of certain courses, students will have the opportunity to participate in a paid work-study program at $25 per hour (sponsored and funded by AccessData).

Students graduating with a major in Digital Forensics will be prepared to obtain the AccessData Certified Examiner® certification allowing them to become Digital Forensic Examiners in a wide variety of government agencies and businesses. The American Women’s College will be one of the first online colleges, and the only women’s college, to offer this opportunity for its students.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ACC100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3

This courses objective is to develop the ability to read, interpret, identify the differences and the relationships between the primary financial statements. This objective is met not only by analyzing the effect of business transactions on financial statements and financial ratios but also by recording essential transactions, measuring the amounts of assets, liabilities, owners equities, revenues, and expenses, and preparing the primary financial statements. This course also explains the difference between the cash and accrual bases of income measurement, the use of t-account analysis in determining important measures of business activity, and how the time value of money affects the measurement of liabilities. This emphasis on financial statements is facilitated by a semester-long study of the content of corporate annual reports culminating in a comprehensive annual report project. Prerequisite: sophomore status with the exception of highly qualified first-year accounting majors. Offered in the Fall semester.

BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

CBY101 Introduction to CyberSecurity 3

The purpose of this course is to explore the evolving crime phenomenon resulting from the technology revolution over the last 60 years. An examination of the unique human-computer relationship will be conducted to develop an understanding of how criminal activity has adopted the use of new technologies to further their criminal activity. Additionally, a review of social constructs relating to high tech criminal activity will be provided.

CBY105 Introduction to Computer Science 3

This course is an introduction to programming using contemporary programming languages. Students are introduced to object-oriented programming, algorithms, the software development life cycle, data types, arrays, events, input, output, and interaction.

CBY200 Introduction to Digital Forensics 3

This course is designed to introduce and explore the basic concepts of digital forensic investigations and analysis. Students will learn the basic terminology and tools utilized in a digital forensic investigation. Students will broaden their knowledge and understanding of what a digital forensic investigator does and the types of skills needed in this field.

CBY205 Introductory Information Assurance 3

This course is designed to address the fundamental principles of information assurance. The major aspects of this course are to develop an understanding of the role of risk management and risk assessment. Topics include identifying organizational risks, mitigation strategies and techniques, and an exploration of commonly implemented information security controls.

CBY210 Fundamentls of Network Security 3

The purpose of this course is in-depth exploration of data security controls and techniques. This course will examine theoretical concepts of network security implementation. This course will also examine network security tools and techniques and include hands-on practical applications.

CBY220 Cyber Investigations I 3

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize forensic software tools to perform and analysis of a variety of digital devices. Students will also learn the role of a digital forensic examiner in both the private and public sector. Students will be introduced to fundamental principles of digital forensics investigations. Lab Fee

CBY310 Cyber Investigation II 3

This course prepares students to conduct forensic investigations on Microsoft Windows systems. Students will learn where and how to locate Windows systems artifacts. They will also gain an understanding of the types of evidence associated with a variety of crimes. Students will learn advance concepts such as data carving, live and static filtering, acquisition, and password recovery.

CBY330 Mobile Technology Analysis I 3

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level mobile device examiners to gain a basic understanding of how cellular devices store data, how cellular networks function, collecting evidence and preserving it, methods for radio frequency interruption, troubleshooting connections, verifying results, and the forensic process.

CBY430 Mobile Technology Analysis II 3

This course prepares students to perform a forensic examination of mobile technologies by examining the process of collection of artifacts from handsets and SIM cards, extraction of physical data from various device types: like IOS and Android, parsing data, searching, bookmarking, visualization, and incorporation of forensic software, export and reporting.

CBY455 Capstone in Digital Forensics 3

This capstone course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to synthesize, reflect upon, and analyze the complex field of information assurance and digital forensics. This course will highlight the major current issues in the field of cybersecurity. Emphasis will be placed on preparing the student to take the ACE certification.

CBY498 Internship 3

COM111 Computer Applications I 3

This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

COM112 Computer Applications II 3

This course provides an introduction to spreadsheet and database management. Students will use Microsoft Excel to learn the basics of creating, editing, formatting, and manipulating spreadsheets. They will also enter formulas and functions; create charts and graphs; and produce basic business spreadsheets, such as budget, payroll, and sales reports. Students will use Microsoft Access to plan, create, and modify databases. Topics will include creating queries; selecting and sorting records; and producing reports, letters, and mailing labels utilizing a database.

CRJ330 White Collar Crime 3

White collar crime in contemporary society will be explored. Explanations for white collar crimes, the principal focus of these crimes, prosecutorial and defense practices, and the response of the criminal justice system to these crimes will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on corporate fraud, environmental crimes, unsafe products, fiduciary fraud, corruption of public officials, securities fraud, and institutional corruption, mass media and religion. A case study approach will be utilized throughout the course. Prerequisites: CRJ 120.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research and Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL220 Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners 3

This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.

WEL330 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth 3

This required interdisciplinary course builds on the foundation created in WEL 220 to deepen students knowledge, skills and attitudes related to career, leadership and financial development. Through a focus on well being students will strategically delve into ways to manage their own growth and development while understanding the opportunities to build on their purpose, passion and potential.

WEL440 Leadership in Practice 3

This capstone course is an interdisciplinary course designed to give senior-level students an opportunity to create a learning experience that allows them to apply knowledge, skills and personal development to a project that also contributes to a family, organization and/or community. This course combines academic study with practical application of leadership, communications and technology skills as a springboard for the student to move forward into the future as an empowered woman. Students may choose to complete research, community-based projects and/or service learning projects. As a culminating experience, this course also provides the platform for assessing students progress and proficiency.