Introduction to Digital Forensics

Assignment 5

(Introduction to Digital Forensics, UG/G, S1, 2021)


Please carefully read the whole assignment description before you start your work. 


Assignment 5 weights 10% of the total marks of this unit and is due on 14/05/2021, Friday, Week 14, at 23:55pm the latest. The deadline is of the local time in Canberra, ACT, Australia. It is your responsibility to correctly adjust your clock.


Submissions are through Canvas. If a student chooses to submit his/her assignment via the Internet off the campus, it is the responsibility of the student to manage the accessibility to the Internet. Not being able to access to the Internet at the location which is off the campus is not an excuse for extension.


No other forms of submission will be accepted.



Please be reminded the following statements from the unit outline about assignment submission.



Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item due to extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found in the Assessment Procedures). An extension must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted, however this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener or relevant Program Director/Course Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.

An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page.

Late Submission: Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.



The whole report is up to 1 page in A4 size, size 10 Arial font, portrait orientation, and narrow margins, if you use Microsoft Word, or similar settings if you use other editing software. At the beginning of the page, please include the assignment title, your Unit number (9074 or 7075), your student number, and the date of completion. Please do not include the names, and please make sure that the student numbers are correct.


Failing to comply with the format requirements will reduce the marked assignment marks to 50%.



Proper writing is expected. Your writing should be meaningful, concise, and self-contained. Any statement and claim should be backed up by evidence or explanation. The lines of argument should be firmly established in your report. After reading your report, one with reasonable knowledge and experiences in the fields should have the basic understanding without referring to the other sources. A full report with just a collection of only key words or phrases will not attract any mark.


Your own writing in your report should account for at least 70% of the content. The materials from any other sources should be properly quoted and referenced, and not exceeding 30%. If you do quote from other sources, the reference section does not count towards the 2-pages limit.


The marking rubrics is in Page 3.



Note: This is an individual assignment. Everyone must submit their own report. The assignment has individual marks.



This assignment is different between undergraduate and postgraduate student cohorts. Please make sure that you state your Unit number correctly at the beginning of your report:

  • 9074 for Introduction to Digital Forensics, or
  • 9075 for Introduction to Digital Forensics G



If you belong to the undergraduate cohort, i.e., 9074,

Please summarise your study journey in the Unit and reflect on the challenges, difficulties, missing/overlooked parts, future work, and improvement etc. Knowing what you know now, assuming starting again this Unit, what you would do differently (1 point enough) to make your study journey smoother and/or with better learning outcomes etc.



If you belong to the postgraduate cohort, i.e., 9075,

Please summarise your study journey in the Unit and reflect on the challenges, difficulties, missing/overlooked parts, future work, and improvement etc. Drawing on your experience through this Unit, please propose a workable study plan, with checking points and self-assessment steps, for somebody else, who is about to embark the similar journey, to adopt. You should briefly explain the rationale of your proposal and the purpose/sub-goal of each step in your proposed process.




Have Fun!!





The marking rubrics for the report

A/Prof Wanli Ma, School of ITS, SciTech, University of Canberra, 2021



Please note that a report is marked in its entirety based on the marking rubrics also in their entirety. A report cannot be marked by its individual keywords in isolation; nor can any individual marking rubric be applied in isolation by itself alone. For example, the irrelevant content in the report cannot be treated as if it does not exist. To the contrary, any irrelevant content weakens the logic flow and reduces the relevance of the report.


85%-100% 75%-84% 65%-74% 50%-64% <50% 0%
•       comprehensive

understanding of the

topics covered


•       thoroughly coherent


•       relevant and accurate with in-depth analysis


•       convincible, sound, and smooth logic


•       excellent writing, concise, clear, and complete



•       all claims backed up by evidence or argument



•       no irrelevant nor          inaccurate statements

•       good understanding of the topics covered



•       well coherent


•       relevant and accurate



•       sound logic



•       clear writing, concise, and complete



•       majority claims backed up by evidence or argument


•       no irrelevant nor          inaccurate statements

•       reasonable understanding of the

topics covered


•       coherent


•       largely relevant and accurate


•       good logic



•       generally clear writing, reasonably concise, and mostly complete


•       most claims backed up by evidence or argument



•       occasionally irrelevant and inaccurate statements with little impact on the report in a



•       basic understanding of the topics covered



•       reasonably coherent


•       relevant and accurate in general


•       basic logic



•       understandable writing, somewhat clear, and

largely complete


•       claims largely backed up by evidence or argument



•       a few irrelevant and inaccurate statements with noticeable impact

          on the report in a whole

little or no understanding of the topic, with irrelevant content, unstructured and unclear writing just a few keywords without meaningful sentences