Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking

Unit code: NIT2141 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
NIT1102 - Introduction to Programming
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking is a key unit covering the core body of knowledge in cyber security, where students learn techniques in gathering evidence of cyber security breaches from devices and conduct ethical hacking to analyse vulnerabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, digital evidence collection (computers’ RAM image), analysis, and reporting; memory, operating system, email and network forensics; an introduction to ethical hacking; virus, trojan and malware attacks. In this unit, students will learn hands-on techniques to conduct digital forensics associated with the latest cybercrimes. This unit provides the knowledge required to allow students to think like ‘hackers’ and learn to implement ethical hacking techniques to expose potential cyber security vulnerabilities. Students who complete this unit will get the skills required to assist law enforcement organizations to investigate digital crimes and analyse digital evidence.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review cybercrime and computer forensics techniques;
  2. Apply and present the latest digital forensics and evidence analysis techniques; and
  3. Analyse and report the latest ethical hacking techniques to expose potential cyber security vulnerabilities.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Open book online test
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Formative laboratory reports x 9
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Project-based assessment
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Practical lab test

Required reading

Reading material will be provided by the instructor in class or through VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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