CIS 4930-01
Syllabus — Spring 2010


Randolph Langley
Telephone: 644-4290
Office Location: 208 MCH Building
Office Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday immediately after class in 016 LOV
Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:00 in 208 MCH
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 in 208 MCH

Class Meetings

Tuesday, Thursday from 2:00pm until 3:15pm in Room 016 Love (the Networking Lab)

Class Home Page

Course Description

Cybercrime activities leave a trail of incriminating evidence. In this course, students will focus on learning tools, techniques, and procedures for detecting cybercrime and analyzing collected data related to past and ongoing cyber offenses. The focus will be on forensic approaches that preserve the legal value of the collected evidence.

Class Prerequisites

CDA 3100, Computer Architecture I
CJE 4610, Crime Detection and Investigation


This is a technical class focused on detecting cybercrime and analyzing collected data. In particular, our aims will be to study both traditional "post-mortem" analysis and emerging "live" response techniques.

Class Topics

Required Texts

Windows Forensic Analysis, 2nd Edition, by Harlan Carvey. Syngress, 2009. (This will be abbreviated as WFA in class materials.)
Malware Forensics, James Aquilina, Eoghan Casey, and Cameron Malin. Syngress, 2008. (This will be abbreviated as MF in class materials.)

Additional recommended material

Additionally, throughout the semester, the instructor may add topical material, generally culled from recent news articles. via links from the class home page.




1st Midterm (February 11th)


2nd Midterm (March 25th)


Final Exam (Thursday, April 29, from 7:30am to 9:30am)




Final Paper (due at the beginning of class on April 22nd)



A 90 - 100
B+ 88 - 89
B 80 - 87
C+ 78 - 79
C 70 - 77
D 60 - 69
F 0 - 59

Class Policies

Lateness Penalty

Note that 30%of your grade is determined by the work done in the assignments. Assignments must be submitted on paper on the appropriate day at the beginning of class. Please turn in assignments on time. There will be a 50% penalty for late submissions.

Academic Honor Policy

The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to "... be honest and truthful and ... [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University. (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Do not turn in other people's work as your own; this includes, but is not limited to, unattributed copying from web pages, other students' work, books, journals, or broadcast media. Citations and clear delineation of cited material from your own original work is mandatory.


Attendance at all class meetings is expected, and attendance may be taken each class session. Please extend courtesy in class by arriving on time, staying until dismissed, and refraining from food and drink.

Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.

You are responsible for all information explained in class, some of which will not be available in written or electronic form. The instructor is not obligated to repeat announcements of future exams, assignments, schedule changes, question sets, pop quizzes, or hints on assignments. If you are forced to miss a class, it is your responsibility to get class notes from a friend and check with the instructor for handouts. Assignments and general class information will be posted on the class home page.


You should check your electronic mail frequently for information about this course, as well as the class home page. You are also encouraged to use email to ask questions and report problems. If you are experiencing difficulty or are concerned about your progress, please speak with the instructor immediately.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

Please advise the instructor at your earliest convenience (within one week) if you have a disability that will require a reasonable accommodation for the successful completion of this course. Also, as indicated above, you should register with the and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center, and provide the instructor a letter indicating the need for accommodation and indicating what type.

Syllabus Change Policy

Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.

Calendar for CIS4930-01 Spring 2010
Month Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Week # Notes
January 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 01 First week of classes
January 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 02
January 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 03 January 18th is Martin Luther King Day, no classes
January 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 04
January/February 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 05
February 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 06 Midterm #1 will be on February 11th
February 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 07
February 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 08
February/March 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 09
March 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 10 Spring Break, no classes
March 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 11
March 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 12 Midterm #2 will be on March 25th
March/April 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 13
April 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 14
April 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 15
April 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 16 Last week of classes; final paper due on April 22
April 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 17 Finals week: our final examination is on Thursday, April 29th from 7:30am until 9:30am in Room 016.