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College of Public Safety Administration

Associate in Science

Digital Forensics and Computer Investigations

DIGFORN-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

publicsafetyadvising@spcollege.edu -
Kevin Thomas, Lead Instructor, AC, (727) 341-4540
Brian Frank, Dean, AC, (727) 341-4503
Sharon Setterlind, Dean, 7273414677

Program Summary

This is a professional training program which will provide the student with skills in researching, investigating, using computer software, interpreting laws, and using the Internet as an investigative tool. The goal of this program is to prepare successful students for careers in corporate computer security investigation or similar careers in computer security and law enforcement. Also the courses have been aligned with industry certifications.

The prerequisites for entry to the curriculum are permission of the Dean; attend an interview session; and basic computer use skills: editing files, navigating a file system, and browsing the internet. The courses include tasks that will enhance the student's ability to obtain and interpret data from various sources. The student will also be provided with scenarios and case histories to explore and gain experience.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1743011600:

Federal CIP Code

43.0116: Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.


AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
General Psychology
3
Honors General Psychology
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
Identity Theft Investigations
3
Introduction to Computer Related Crime Investigations
3
Internet as an Investigative Tool
3
Tracking and Profiling Hackers, Pedophiles and Internet Stalkers
3
Internet Pornography Investigations
3
Internet Fraud Investigations
3
Legal Aspects of Computer Related Criminal Investigations
3
Forensic Computer Related Crime Investigations
3
Computer Software Piracy and Copyright Infringement
3
Computer Repair Essentials
3
Operating System Security
3
Computer Support Technician
3
Ethical Hacking
3
Network Security Foundations
3
63
Total Credits