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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC451 Course ID: 4009 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The rapid change in technology and the exponential growth in the use of the Internet have resulted in an increase in the number of computer and technology related crimes. This course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and technologies needed to detect, investigate, and prevent computer related crimes. Topics to be covered include: cybercrime classification (hacking, denial of service attacks, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, virus dissemination, identity theft, electronic funds transfers, phishing, spoofing, Internet fraud, access device fraud and salami attacks), vulnerability of computer systems and computer applications, computer intrusions and attacks, the impact of cybercrime (social, economic, and legal), investigation of digital evidence, computer forensics, and the prevention of cybercrime.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Explain cybercrime and computer forensics
  2. Identify the challenges of securing information of the Internet
  3. Assess the process, the techniques, and technologies used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to information systems
  4. Examine the processes, best practices, and techniques to manage and prevent cybercrime
  5. Differentiate between privacy and policy
  6. Evaluate the technical, social, financial, and legal impact of cybercrime on global commerce
  7. Describe the strategies and steps to investigate digital evidence in cybercrime
  8. Construct the legal portfolio of digital evidence to support the prosecution of cybercrime

Submit your weekly assignments. Please name your submitted document with your last name as the first part of the file name. For example, Case Study #1 could be named, Lastname_Casestudy1.doc. Forum assignments only need to be posted on the Forum. Submit your Forum posts and I will review them and update your assignment grade accordingly.

Assignment Requirements

This course has a strong writing component. The goal is to organize, synthesize, and demonstrate your comprehension of core concepts investigated during this course by applying a combination of the terms, concepts, and details you have learned in a systematic way. As important as "the details" that you analyze and arrange in your writing, however, are the conclusions you draw from those details, and your predictions, responses to, and ultimate interpretation of those details.

Written Assignments

  1. Each weeks assignment instructions can be found under the Assignments tab. For example, Assignment #1 can be found under the Assignment #1 tab within Assignments.
  2. Complete the assignment in a Word document with your last name as part of the file name.
  3. After answering the questions, save and upload the document in the Assignments section of the e-classroom.
  4. You may work ahead on assignments if you wish.

Assignments are due by Sunday 11:55 p.m. ET of the week in which they are assigned. If you need an extension, please contact me via email to discuss your circumstances.


Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

Assignments submitted late without prearranged extension will be subject to a 10% per Week late penalty. For example, if you post a late assignment 1 week after the due date you will receive a 10% penalty. If the assignment is submitted two weeks after the due date you will receive an additional 10% resulting in a 20% deduction in the grade. Please pay attention to the assignment due dates to avoid having points deducted from your grade. No late assignments will be accepted after the last day of the course.

Forum Activities

During the 8 weeks of this course, you will participate in a Forum activity. Each Forum activity will consist of one or more threads/topics. The assignments may involve discussion or debate. The questions are designed to allow you to apply what you have learned in the chapter to real-world scenarios or hypothetical, but realistic, situations. Post your initial answers to the questions in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday. There is a 10% penalty for late postings.

Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time. A discussion period will then ensue from Thursday through Sunday. Read your classmates' posts and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday. Peer responses posted after the due date will not be accepted. Some threads may require you to post more than two replies, so make sure you read the directions carefully. Of course, you may always post more than the required number of replies and you are encouraged to continue participating in the discussion even after you have met the minimum number of posts required.

Your Forum participation will be considered at the end of the semester if your grade is on the borderline. Borderline grades will only be rounded up if you have exceeded the minimum requirements on the Forum and shown insight and critical thinking in all of your posts and replies. Your follow-up posts must contain substance and should add additional insight to your classmates’ opinions or challenge their opinions. It is never sufficient to simply say, “I agree with what you wrote” or “I really liked your post.” You must use your follow-up posts as a way to continue the discussion at a high level of discourse. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification, including questions posted by your professor. You will be expected to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion. Forum postings are a large part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your postings. I will also expect you to list your references at the end of each post. References should be in APA citation format.

Term Paper:

You will be required to write one term paper this semester. The specifications are as follows:

  1. You must write a 5-8 page term paper on a topic of your choice related to cybercrime. Some examples would include, how to avoid being a victim of cybercrime, the laws surrounding cybercrime, or pick an individual cybercrime and discuss the impact this crime has on society.
  2. Your term paper outline is due at the end of Week 2.
  3. Your term paper is due at the end of Week 8.
  4. In addition to the 5-8 pages of the paper itself, you must include a title page and a reference page.
  5. Your title page must include the title of your paper, the date, the name of the course, your name, and your instructor’s name.
  6. Your reference page must be written in APA citation style, Arial or Time New Roman styles, 12-point font.
  7. Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side, and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations.
  8. Your paper must be in your own words, representing original work. Paraphrases of others’ work must include attributions to the authors. Limit quotations to an average of no more than 3-5 lines, and use quotations sparingly. It is always better to write the information in your own words than to directly quote.
  9. Papers must be check for plagiarism through the classroom assignment tool. Papers with an originality report of over 15% ARE NOT acceptable and will receive a grade of 0. Any source of over 2% is not acceptable. PER THE STUDENT HANDBOOK, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT A PAPER THAT HAS BEEN OR IS BEING SUBMITTED IN ANOTHER COURSE.

Week 2 Article:

Montague, David (nd). The Fraud Practice - Fraud Library Fraud Prevention Strategies & Techniques. Retrieved from

Week 3 Article:

Ceresney, Andrew (2013). Financial Reporting and Accounting Fraud: American Law Istitute Continuing Legal Education. US Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved from

Week 4 Article:

Understanding the Transnational Character of Money Laundering: The Changing Face of Law Enforcement from Domestic Affairs to the International Cooperation

Amrani, Hanafi. Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Economics; Craiova Vol. 8, Iss. 1(23), (Spring 2017): 7-17.

Book Title:Cybercrime and Digital Deviance - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Graham, Roderick
Unit Cost:$160.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.