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IT Department Offers Computer Forensics Course

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 13:00
As part of its effort to introduce students to exciting and new subjects, AUIS’s Information Technology department offered a new special topic as an introductory course to computer forensics during the Spring 2019 academic semester. The primary goal of the course was to enable students to gain an understanding of computer forensics, how it is carried out, and what different technologies are used in the field. Taught by senior lecturer, Mr. Katongo Lukwesa, students were guided through different scenarios and taught skills that will help them use various tools, along with foundational knowledge on legal considerations of forensics. 
Computer forensics expert, Dr. Amelia Phillips’s book Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigation was used to teach the new course. Dr. Phillips received her bachelors and masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is currently a tenured professor at Highline College in Washington, USA covering Computer Information Systems/Computer Science. As part of the course material and coverage, students had a unique opportunity to interact with Dr. Phillips via Skype during a special classroom session, hearing firsthand from the author of their textbook.
Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and Chair of the IT Department, said of the new course: “One of the beauties of our education system at AUIS is the room for students and faculty to experience new materials, to introduce new topics, and to explore new knowledge areas in addition to their required courses. The introduction of this course has been a very rewarding experience for the professor and the department. I am sure the students appreciate and enjoy the covered material as well as the opportunity.”
On the same topic, student Yad Luqman said he enjoyed the class and found the subject matter relevant to IT. “The class was fun and very interesting, and my favorite moments were those that Mr. Katongo related the class topics to real life situations. I wish more classes in this field could be offered so that students can understand the gravity of the subject and then dive deep into it.”
“It’s amazing to see how wide the field of IT is,” said student Rand Salahudin. “Forensics was a totally new term to me in the beginning, and I’m really satisfied with everything I have learned in this class and all my other IT classes.”