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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC630 Course ID: 4099 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The global reach of the Internet, the low cost of online activity, and the relative anonymity of users has led to an increase in computer related crimes. This course focuses on cybercrime investigation and prevention; it appraises the legal issues related to on-line criminal conduct, the collection of electronic evidence, and the onslaught of new technology. This course also analyzes the phases, processes, and challenges of cybercrime investigations, and it examines technical, legal, and social issues relating to the search and seizure of digital evidence and computer forensics. Students will encounter the challenges of the latency between technology and the law.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
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
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

A successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Recognize the dimensions of criminal activity in the world of cyber security.
  2. Identify the methods used to commit cybercrimes and the techniques used to detect such crimes.
  3. Classify the different ways in which computers are used to commit cyber related crimes such as, when a computer is a target, the computer is used as a weapon and using the computer as an accessory.
  4. Categorize computer crimes such as identity theft, online child victimization, cyber-attacks, cyberstalking, cyber warfare and unauthorized access to bank accounts.
  5. Understand the social and economic impact of cybercrime as it relates to crime and its impact on the criminal justice system.
  6. Apply current laws and legal actions and protocol involved in the collection, preservation, and presentation of evidentiary material.
  7. Formulate the appropriate actions and protocol involved in the collection, preservation, and presentation of evidentiary material.
  8. Differentiate the rules of evidence such as chain of custody, preservation of evidence, and procedural requirements.

Submit assignments to your student folder, and make sure you select the correct assignment association. Please name your submitted document with your last name as the first part of the file name. For example, Assignment #1 could be named, Lastname_Assignment1.doc. Forum assignments only need to be posted on the Forum. It is not necessary to submit a word document containing your Forum posts. Simply submit your discussion posts using the submit button 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.

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. Assignments submitted late without prearranged extension will be subject to a 10% per day late penalty. For example, if you post a late assignment 1 day after the due 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 answers and reponses to the questions in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday at 11:55 pm. It is strongly advised that you do not wait until Sunday to post your answers. You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates post by 11:59. By waiting until Sunday to post might not give you proper time to respond by the deadline. Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time. Read your classmates' responses and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday. 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.

Final Report:

You will be required to write a final report this semester. Details on the final report will be listed under the assignments section. General specifications are as follows:

  1. You must write a minimum 6 page final report on the case provided during the course.
  2. Final Report is due at the end of week 8
  3. In addition to the minimum 6 pages of the paper itself, you must include a title page and a references page. Your title page must include the title of your paper, the date, the name of this course, your name, and your instructor’s name.
  4. Your references page must be written in APA citation style Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles. You must cite a minimum of three (3) outside sources.
  5. Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations
  6. 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 paraphrase than to directly quote.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum #1 3.00 %
Forum #2 3.00 %
Forum #3 3.00 %
Forum #4 3.00 %
Forum #5 3.00 %
Forum #6 3.00 %
Forum #7 3.00 %
Forum #8 3.00 %
Assignments 61.00 %
Assignment #1 7.63 %
Assignment #8 7.63 %
Assignment #2 7.63 %
Assignment #3 7.63 %
Assignment #4 7.63 %
Assignment #5 7.63 %
Assignment #6 7.63 %
Assignment #7 7.63 %
Papers 15.00 %
Final Report 15.00 %

Reference: American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8


Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section U.S. DOJ

Cybercrime Law

Cyber Criminals Most Wanted: The First Stop Cybercrime Awareness, Prevention & Safety Website

Department of Defense: Cybercrime Center

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Cyber Investigations

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Computer Forensics, 2nd. ed.
Publication Info:VS-Jones&Bartlett
Author:Maras, Marie-Helen
Unit Cost:$99.95
Electronic ISBN:9781284066234
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.