188.922 Digital Forensics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to conduct digital forensic investigations and the necessary analysis steps, in particular with the special requirements regarding reproducibility. The data will not be modified during that analysis at all costs. This is true for both smartphones as well as file systems, computer systems, servers and network data. Students are empowered to prove that data has not been modified in any way during their analysis.

During the practical assigments participants will conduct anaylsis of artefacts in an autonomous and provable way, including documentation. Findings can be reproduced by external analysts, and are free of speculations and arguments which are not independently observable. The artefacts created like reports and analysis steps are theoretically usable in a court.

Subject of course

Forensics methods for: File systems, networks, operation systems, application software

Time line anylsises, standards and norms (RFC, NIST, ISO, legal basics, definitions).


Teaching methods

The foundations are taught in blocked lectures. These foundations are discussed in the light of real-world examples during the lectures. We additionally foster discussion by using TUWEL as an online learning platform for our course. Theoretical foundations are finally applied to practical assignments (challenges).

Mode of examination


Additional information

ECTS Breakdown (3 ECTS = 75 hours):

  • Lectures (18h)
  • Self-studies & Learning for Exams (20h)
  • up to 4 Assignments (36h)
  • Exam (1h)



Course dates

Wed17:00 - 19:0004.10.2023 - 20.12.2023FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed16:00 - 18:0011.10.2023FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed17:00 - 19:0013.12.2023EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Digital Forensics - Single appointments
Wed04.10.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed11.10.202316:00 - 18:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed25.10.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed08.11.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed22.11.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed29.11.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed06.12.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture
Wed13.12.202317:00 - 19:00EI 5 Hochenegg HS Lecture
Wed20.12.202317:00 - 19:00FAV Hörsaal 1 Helmut Veith - INF Lecture

Examination modalities

Practical assignments and a written exams at the end.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Thu16:00 - 17:0014.03.2024EI 5 Hochenegg HS written01.11.2023 00:00 - 12.03.2024 23:55TISSRetake 1
Thu16:00 - 17:0018.04.2024EI 5 Hochenegg HS written01.11.2023 00:00 - 16.04.2024 23:55TISSRetake 2
Thu16:00 - 17:0013.06.2024EI 5 Hochenegg HS written01.11.2023 00:00 - 11.06.2024 23:55TISSRetake 3

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.08.2023 00:00 20.10.2023 23:59 27.10.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 926 Business Informatics Mandatory elective
066 936 Medical Informatics Mandatory elective
066 937 Software Engineering & Internet Computing Mandatory elective
710 FW Elective Courses - Electrical Engineering Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Equivalent knowledge to the class "Introduction to Security" is mandatory. The class "Internet Security" is recommended.