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Program Outline

From mission-critical business systems to e-commerce and the Internet, IT is not only an industry in its own right, it’s a fundamental building block of all other industries. AIU offers an industry-current BSIT program with an in-depth specialization in Digital Investigations that’s designed to give students the real-world knowledge they need to get to the next level. Areas covered include examining techniques for collection, preservation, analysis and reporting of digital-network evidence.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations is designed to provide students industry-relevant knowledge and experience in conducting investigations as a digital-crime professional.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Summarize details of essential computer concepts
  • Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files
  • Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling
  • Develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies
  • Collect and evaluate digital crime evidence while maintaining evidence integrity and usefulness by following proper procedures

Requirements

General Education

ENG 106 English Composition I

4.5

ENG 107 English Composition II

1.5

HIST 105 U.S. History

4.5

HUMA 205 Art Appreciation

4.5

MATH 133 College Algebra

4.5

MATH 233 Survey of Calculus

4.5

PRES 111 Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 206 Aspects of Psychology

4.5

SCIE 206 Biology

4.5

SCIE 207 Biology Lab

4.5

SCIE 210 Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211 Environmental Science Lab

4.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 52.5

General Electives

General Electives -Upper and Lower Division
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Lower Division Core

COMP 101 Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102 Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

ITCO 101 Discovering Information Technology

4.5

ITCO 103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware

4.5

ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society

4.5

ITCO 211 Introduction to Operating Systems

4.5

ITCO 221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic

4.5

ITCO 231 Introduction to Databases

4.5

ITCO 251 Network Infrastructure Basics

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 37.5

Upper Division Core

ITCO 321 Data Structures and Implementation

4.5

ITCO 361 Information Technology Security

4.5

ITCO 381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media

4.5

ITCO 391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions

4.5

ITSD 322 Object Oriented Application Development I

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Specialization

Digital Investigations

ITCO 299 Comprehensive IT Project

4.5

ITCO 341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

4.5

ITCO 425 System Architecture and Integration

4.5

ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT

4.5

ITDI 372 Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations

4.5

ITDI 375 Digital Investigations I

4.5

ITDI 379 Digital Investigations II

4.5

ITDI 472 Principles in Electronic Discovery

4.5

ITDI 473 Network Investigations

4.5

ITDI 474 Global Investigations

4.5

Classes Overview

By studying key topics in Digital Investigations, you have an opportunity to acquire fundamental understanding of digital and network investigations as you pursue your interest in opportunities involving the detection and prevention of computer crime.

At AIU, more of your program courses will be focused on this specialization than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations, your classes can include:

Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations

This course provides students with an introduction to the concepts and systems involved in digital investigations and cyber crime. The course discusses recognized incident response policies and procedures for collecting, preserving, analyzing, and reporting digital evidence, cyber crime history, and current and future threats.

Digital Investigations I

This course will examine digital investigation tools, threats, and techniques. Topics may include procedures, steganography, operating systems, tool validation plans, and open source software.

Principles in Electronic Discovery

This course is designed to provide students with the essential information related to electronic discovery. Discussions will focus on organizational electronic discovery needs and how digital investigators can fulfill those needs. Topics may include finding data collection, media restoration, file and email conversion, keyword and metadata searching, filtering, and classification and presentation of data.

Network Investigations

During this course, students will examine forensic techniques for collection, preservation, analysis, and reporting of digital network evidence. Topics may include network traffic analysis, electronic mail, and Internet investigations.

Global Investigations

This course discusses advanced topics in digital forensics related to the globalization of electronic data. International organization regulations, language barrier, rogue providers, and other topics will be covered in this course.

Digital Investigations II

During this course, students will examine digital investigation techniques for applications running for network operating systems.

Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

In this course, students will examine the essential mathematics and logic skills required in Information Technology areas such as networking, systems administration, security, programming, database management, and computer hardware. Students will build on their mathematical proficiency to prepare for the challenges they are likely to encounter as an IT professional. This course discusses the importance of discrete mathematics, probability and statistics in IT. Students in this course will further their understanding of discrete mathematics and statistics necessary for application development and systems analysis. Students will also learn how to apply statistical techniques to improve the performance of IT systems. Real-world scenarios and problems from the IT industry are included throughout this course.

System Architecture and Integration

In this course, students will analyze the system integration requirements and apply appropriate frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that are used to manage, administer, acquire, develop, implement, and integrate enterprise systems.

Comprehensive IT Project

In this lower division capstone course, students will examine IT project management and systems architecture. Topics covered include project management concepts of time, scope, and costs, as well as systems architecture, sourcing, acquisition, development, and deployment processes.

Information Technology Security

This survey course covers information security concepts and mechanisms. Information security concepts reviewed may include data protection techniques, software security, information assurance process, enterprise network security, and attack types/countermeasures.

Data Structures and Implementation

This course will introduce students to basic data structures and algorithms which are to be used as tools in designing solutions to real-life problems. Students will become familiar with the specification, usage, implementation and analysis of basic data structures and algorithms.

Program Capstone for IT

This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of understanding regarding the application of information technology concepts, technologies, and methodologies. Students are expected to employ their knowledge about hardware, systems, applications, and security management. 

 

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Career Paths

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Investigations?

Digital-investigations professionals work to keep identities safe and big databases of information from being hacked. They help companies ensure their secrets are safe from the competition, give everyday people the security to carry out the intimate details of their daily lives online, and allow governments the freedom to communicate with one another without the worry of disclosing sensitive information.

What Is Cyber Security Like On the Job?

Professionals in this field need to be able to handle fast-paced environments, manage surges in high-urgency and detailed work, and deal with potentially unpredictable working hours. They've got to stay on their toes, because it's a field in which anything can happen at any time.

On the job, cyber-security professionals spend their days digging deep to identify software and Internet vulnerabilities to stay ahead of hackers, preventing cyber crimes like bank fraud, designing secure software using code to fend off hacking attempts, and knowing the ins and outs of various computer systems to find more in-depth, defensive ways to protect digital assets and private information.

Though many offices have an open, informal atmosphere (far from the stiff-necked imagery often associated with IT security), even during slower times of work, cyber security professionals should be able to stay agile and on top of their game.

Roles in cyber security commonly include:

●     Information-security analysis

●     Web penetration testing

●     Security engineering

●     Security architecture

●     Source-code auditing

●     Security consulting

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