ELEC ENG 4080 - Mobile Phone Forensic Process and Analysis
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 4080 Course Mobile Phone Forensic Process and Analysis Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive mode Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge Students are assumed to have an appropriate background in law, engineering, computer science or police investigation techniques. Course Description This immersive course introduces students to the principles of Chain of Evidence and the process of forensic analysis, by considering mobile phone devices from the point of discovery/seizure through triage and securement at the crime scene, unlocking, imaging, analysis and preparation of an expert witness report and affidavit suitable for presentation in South Australian criminal courts.
The technical characteristics of mobile phone devices and inherent logs, databases, files and other records will be introduced.
Students will also be introduced to the principles of mobile phone networks and network records, and the interpretation of Call Data Records and other data available from Mobile Network Carriage Service Providers.
Students will use appropriate licensed data analysis tools to investigate phone contents and network records.
Students will be exposed through practice to relevant laws related to telecommunications interception, privacy and Court practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Identify the key elements of 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network architectures and the dominant forms of records available for investigation
2 Image smart phones operating Android and iOS using commercial tools and manual processes
3 Analyse, report and visualise findings from mobile network records and mobile phone files including SQLite database logs
4 Write an Expert Witness Report compliant with the Expert code of conduct, Joint Criminal Rules 2022
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAll required resources are provided through links on MyUni
Students should have available
- Microsoft Office or equivalent word processing, spreadsheet and drawing applications
- MSAB XAMN Reader (available from msab.com) - Windows only (can run in VM)
- DB Browser for SQLite
Online LearningThis course is available in person only.
This course uses a variety of online resources to support learning, including:
slides, demo documents, example code and tutorial questions
assessment tasks, including past material and/or exemplars
All course communications will linked via the MyUni site.
The use of the online discussion boards is strongly encouraged for questions related to course content.
The course gradebook will be used to return continuous assessment marks. Students should check the gradebook regularly and confirm their marks have been correctly entered.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of two weeks of intensive full-day classes
Each day is broken up into presentation, interactive tutorial and collaborative learning exercises
Exceptional online participation on medical grounds only may be facilitated
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.There are 10 days of full-time intensive course work.
This includes approximately:
15 hours of course presentation
25 hours of interactive tutorial
40 hours of interactive group learning
There is then a further half day Moot Court exercise
Learning Activities SummaryPart 1:
Principles of Digital Forensics and Investigation
Principles of acting as an Expert Witness
The importance of time
Mobile Telecommunication Network Forensics
- Introduction to mobile network architectures and their evolution from voice-centric to data-centric services
- Billing, switching and signalling records and their interpretation
- The related assessment task for this is Operation St Clair, based on real (sanitised) data.
Mobile Smart Phone Forensics
- Access, acquisition and analysis
- Interpreting specific data types
- The related assessment task for this is Operations Cats!, based on scripted data
- Students have the opportunity to participate in Moot Court and deliver their draft evidence in chief followed by cross-examination
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment SummaryAssignment 1: Operation St Clair
Draft Expert Witness Report due at the beginning of Week 1
Final Expert Witness Report due one week after Moot Court
Assignment 2: Operation Cats!
Draft Expert Witness Report due 36 hours before Moot Court
Final Expert Witness Report due one week after Moot Court
Assignment 3: Health Data CTF
CTF will be graded one week after Moot Court
Assignment 4: Moot Court
Students participate in the court process and presence their draft evidence of Operation Cats! in the court room
Weighting: 10% participation grade
Students are also encouraged to visit the Magistrates Court, District Court or Supreme Court to observe a real trial in operation
Assessment DetailSee assessment summary above
SubmissionAssignments 1 and 2:
Draft and final expert witness statements must be submitted each as a single PDF via MyUni.
Feedback on the draft reports will be provided within 24 hours.
Is to be completed on the CTF portal (details will be supplied)
Is to be completed in the Moot Court facility provided in the Law School.
As this is an intensive course, personal circumstances including illness will be considered with respect to participation and timely submission.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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