Validating and Testing Computer Forensics Tools and Evidence

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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines

Trimester T2 2018
Unit Code MN613
Unit Title Computer Forensics


Individual Assignment


Validating and Testing Computer Forensics Tools and Evidence
Purpose of the assessment (with               ULO Mapping) This assignment assesses the following Unit Learning Outcomes; students should be able to demonstrate their achievements in them.

a)       Develop and implement computer forensics investigative procedures

b)       Conduct and evaluate the systematic collection of evidence at private-sector incident scenes

c)       Discuss and analyse computer forensics findings

Weight 15%
Total Marks 90
Word limit Max 2000 words
Due Date Friday, 31st Aug 2018, 11:55 PM. (Week 7)
Submission Guidelines ·      All work must be submitted on Moodle by the due date along with a title Page.

·      The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font and 2.54 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.

·      Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using IEEE referencing style.

Extension ·      If an extension of time to submit work is required, a Special Consideration Application must be submitted directly on AMS. You must submit this application three working days prior to the due date of the assignment. Further information is available at:


Academic Misconduct ·      Academic Misconduct is a serious offence. Depending on the seriousness of the case, penalties can vary from a written warning or zero marks to exclusion from the course or rescinding the degree. Students should make themselves familiar with the full policy and procedure available at: procedures-and-guidelines/Plagiarism-Academic-Misconduct-Policy- Procedure. For further information, please refer to the Academic Integrity

The section in your Unit Description.

Assignment Description

The assessment requires the students to acquire data from a drive, perform data recovery using different computer forensics techniques and tools, analyse it and finally perform the validation of acquired data. The students are required to submit a report. Follow the marking guide to prepare your report.

Validating and Testing Computer Forensics Tools and Evidence

Case Study I: Create and Delete Files on USB Drive

Prepare a report on the following sections. You can use your own USB, create/delete files and perform computer forensics.


  1. On your USB drive create a word file named your Student ID, where the file should contain your name, student ID, mobile number, address and some other personal

The file should also contain the following sentence: “I have enrolled for MN613 Computer Forensic.” followed by your full name and the date when you registered for this unit.

  1. On the same drive create an excel file named “StudentID.xls”, where the First column should be filled with your units name that you had at MIT last semester and the second column should be filled with your marks with those
  2. Store your current Photo on a USB drive in JPG format or any other image
  3. Take a screenshot of your Windows Explorer window showing the content of the USB’s folder hosting the three files. Include this screenshot in your final report! Now delete those files, and then take another screenshot of the respective folder’s content (after the two files have been deleted). Include this screenshot in your final

Section 1: Data Acquisition

Prepare a forensic image (bit stream copy) with the record of data deletion. Explain the method and tool you used for acquiring data. You will need this image to perform the consecutive tasks. Please submit this image with your assignment.

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Section 2: Data Recovery

Use ProDiscover basic to recover deleted images. In your report, include screenshots for each step.

Section 3: Data Analysis

Inspect all files in the USB, use a hex editor and analyse if there is any hidden data in files. Provide screenshots of your analysis.

Section 4: Data Validation

Explain different methods of data validation and use one of them to validate data on USB.

Case Study II: Investing a Case

You’re investigating a case involving a 2 GB drive that you need to copy at the scene. Write a one-page description of three options you have to copy the drive accurately. Be sure to include your software and media choices.

Marking Criteria:

Marks are allocated as follows:

Section to be

included in the report

Description Marks
Acquiring data using a standard tool 10
Explanation of acquisitions and screenshots 10
Data recovery from USB and explanation 10
Case Study I: Data recovery from recycle bin and explanation

Data analysis of all files in USB using Hex Editor



Data validation with an explanation 10
Writing quality, Coherence, and Report Structure 10
-Write three options you have to copy the drive accurately.
Case Study II
-Write a clear conclusion of the case study.
Total 90

Marking Rubric for Exercise Answers

Marks are allocated as in the marking criteria but we consider the following.

Grade Mark HD 80%+ D 70%-79% CR 60%-69% P 50%-59% Fail

< 50%

Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory


Logic is clear and easy to follow with strong arguments Consistency of logical and convincing Mostly consistent and convincing Adequate cohesion and conviction The argument is confused and disjointed





Effort/Difficulties/ Challenges


The presented solution demonstrated an extreme degree of difficulty that would require an expert to implement.

The presented solution demonstrated a high degree of difficulty that would be an advanced professional to implement. The presented solution demonstrated an average degree of difficulty that would be an average professional to implement.  


The presented solution demonstrated a low degree of difficulty that would be easy to implement.


The presented solution demonstrated a poor degree of difficulty that would be too easy to implement.


Explanation/ justification

All elements are present and well integrated. Components present with good cohesion Components present and mostly well integrated  

Most components present



Lacks structure.


Reference style

Clear styles with an excellent source of references.  

Clear referencing/ style

Generally good referencing/st yle  

Unclear referencing/style

Lacks consistency with many errors




Proper writing. Professionally presented


Properly spoken, with some minor deficiencies

Mostly good, but some structure or presentation problems  


Acceptable presentation


Poor structure, careless presentation

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