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FSCS Course Descriptions

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  • FSCS 600 Legal Issues in Forensic Accounting (3)

    Examines the general regulations, general laws, and ethics and business policies associated with financial crime. Areas of major focus include legal issues facing management and administration, traditional search and seizure as well as privacy issues, manager and supervisor responsibilities, criminal issues and definitions, chain of custody and ethical considerations. This problem-oriented course focuses on applying the holdings of cases and analyses of statutes to different criminal fact patterns.
  • FSCS 601 Legal Issues in High Technology Crime (3)

    Examines the general regulations, general and computer-related law, and ethics and business policies associated with high technology crime. Areas of major focus include description of legal issues facing management and administration, traditional search and seizure as well as privacy issues, manager and supervisor responsibilities, criminal issues and definitions, chain of custody and ethical considerations. Problem-oriented course that focuses on applying the holdings of cases and analyses of statutes to different criminal fact patterns.

  • FSCS 602 Money Laundering (3)

    An essential element of financial crimes is the ability to move assets in ways that resist detection. Explores frequently used techniques, reviews national and international laws and practices to prevent money laundering, and describes best practices to minimize the ability to use money laundering as part of financial crimes.
  • FSCS 610 Identifying Organizational Liabilities and Crime (3)

    Defines problems, logic and theory, research protocols, personal and organizational risks, criminal and civil liabilities, physical security issues, due diligence matters, environmental concerns and sexual harassment issues. Covers responsibilities of the organization and of the individual. prerequisite: FSCS 601

  • FSCS 615 Information Retrieval: Paper and Electronic (3)

    Explores gathering of information and data, evidence collection, storage and security of records, personnel records and related issues, privacy issues, security of customer information, duties and obligations of the information technology field. Also focuses on legal access to these records. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 601
  • FSCS 620 Forensic Investigative Techniques I (3)

    Focuses on traditional investigative techniques (interviews and interrogations), simple data collection, physical evidence, fraud detection, data acquisition and computer techniques, reverse engineering and industrial espionage. Also examines administrative process, the role of human resources and accounting, organizational processes and structures, and chain of command/management. Intended as an introduction to FSCS 720. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 601
  • FSCS 630 Introduction to Cryptanalysis (3)

    Provides the historical basis for ciphers and encryption techniques and examines the use of codes in government and commercial applications. Also explores decryption techniques as applied to businesses and to government. Lab fee required.
  • FSCS 635 Image Analysis (3)

    Examines the effective manipulation of digital images from digital photographs and videotapes. Discusses identification of authenticity and detection of manipulation in addition to detection of fraud and other criminal activity in these digital media. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 630
  • FSCS 640 Steganography (3)

    Steganography is a process by which information is hidden within other media Presents tools (software) to detect such hidden information, including files, images, network traffic, disks, etc., that masquerade within any system. Also presents the processes of hiding or encrypting data to inhibit a forensic analysis and of the detection and counter-resolution of hidden information. Lab fee required. prerequisites: FSCS 630 and 635
  • FSCS 720 Forensic Investigative Techniques II (3)

    A continuation of FSCS 620 with special attention to computer systems and network systems. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 601
  • FSCS 724 Protection of Data/Information (3)

    Examines prevention of data/information loss by theft, intrusion and natural disaster and assessment of vulnerabilities and their remediation. Also presents protocols for security and for effective data storage and examines assessment of risk. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 615
  • FSCS 727 Computer and Digital Forensics (3)

    Examines the use of specialized techniques for recovery, authentication and analysis of electronic data; reconstruction of computer usage; examination of residual data; and authentication of remaining data. Also examines the

    effective manipulation of digital images from digital photographs and videotapes. Discusses identification of authenticity and detection of manipulation in addition to detection of fraud and other criminal activity in these digital media. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 615

  • FSCS 728 Information Systems, Threats, Attacks and Defense Strategies (3)

    Examines information systems and threats from malicious activities that attempt to collect data from or disrupt, deny or destroy information within a system. Explores origins of such attacks and effective responses to threats. Also examines the process of steganography by which information is hidden within other media. Presents tools (software) to detect such hidden information, including files, images, network traffic, disks, etc., that masquerade within any system. Also presents the processes of hiding or encrypting data to inhibit a forensic analysis and of the detection and counter-resolution of hidden information.Lab fee required. prerequisites: FSCS 615 and 727
  • FSCS 730 Incident Response I (3)

    Explores the development of effective responses to active attacks on computer systems and networks, coupled with analysis of the breakdown of protective measures. prerequisite: FSCS 724
  • FSCS 734 Incident Response II (3)

    Explores the management of emergency situations arising from natural disasters or civil disorder and the development of proper planning. Provides training in the proper maintenance of computer systems and networks that involve both technical and physical security of systems, physical plant and personnel. prerequisite: FSCS 730
  • FSCS 740 Graduate Internship (3)

    Provides field experience to students through laboratory assignments with various forensic or criminal justice entities. Course is completed at the end of the program and requires submission of a journal and a research paper. Eligible for continuing studies grade. prerequisites: successful completion of all core courses in the M.S. in Forensic Science – High Technology Crime program and permission of program director
  • FSCS 750 Capstone Project (3)

    Capstone course requires students to integrate and apply knowledge, theories, principles, skills and practical applications learned in Master of Science in Forensic Science – High Technology Crime core courses to actual high technology case scenarios. prerequisites: successful completion of all core courses in the M.S. in Forensic Science – High Technology Crime program and permission of program director
  • FSCS 753 Computer and Digital Security Management (3)

    A study of the management of networks, types and sources of threats and vulnerabilities, risk management, firewalls and other security issues. Lab fee required. prerequisites: FSCS 615, 727 and 728