UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics

This is a stand-alone specialist qualification for digital forensic practitioners or for those seeking to work in this area. The academic objectives are: (1) advanced knowledge of relevant protocols for the handling, storage and transport of digital forensic evidence; (2) comprehensive understanding of the underlying theories and principles of the chosen discipline; (3) highly developed knowledge of the methods, protocols and technologies utilised in the chosen field; (4) an ability to identify a wide range of alternative methods available and their advantages and disadvantages; (5) an appreciation of the origins of the discipline chosen and its range of applications to complex problems of a digital forensic nature; (6) detailed knowledge of the current state of the discipline and issues relating to its acceptance in the law enforcement and legal communities, including what measures can be put in place to overcome these issues; (7) knowledge of the current limitations of the discipline and how they may affect the interpretation of evidence; (8) an understanding of the Australian legal system, especially as it pertains to scientific or technical evidence, and a basic understanding of legal systems in other countries; and (9) further practical experience in conveying complex scientific or technical evidence to a lay person in both a written and oral format.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Certificate in Digital Forensics
Award abbreviationGradCertDigFor
Course code70250
Course typepostgraduate certificate
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 semester
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Guan Tay

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (24 points):

N/AFNSC5506Crime in the Digital Environment
N/AFNSC5508Introduction to Forensic Science
N/AFNSC5517Forensic Analysis of Crime in the Digital Environment
 FNSC5617Forensics and Information Technology

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) relevant qualifications and experience considered by UWA to be equivalent to (a) (i);


(b) a current National Police Certificate1, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;


(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who fails the same unit twice will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.