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Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

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Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 9:50 am

Is there anyone who has completed MSc in digital investigation and forensic computing from UCD. Does this course require hardcore programming skills I am very bad in programming languages like C C++ and JAVA but I am very good in investigation can i still pursue this course  

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Re: Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 7:32 am

Not sure about UCD but I've seen computer science graduates from other universities that can't program!
Being able to program (or more accurately script) is a good skill have as a forensic investigator but by no means essential  

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Re: Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 9:20 am

Hi

I am just about to finish the module for Python programming at UCD, I have had no previous programming skills and have found the module challenging, it does require a lot of extra work but I suppose thats the purpose of the MSC.

The only other module they do for programming is Bash scripting, a colleague did this last year who is very good at programming and found it difficult.

The lectures are good and they provide plenty of worksheets to test your programming skills along the way.

Hope this helps a little.  

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Re: Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 12:41 pm

Entry requirements might also help you:
Entry Requirements
Applicants normally have a bachelor’s degree in computer science (2.1) or equivalent work
experience. Understanding of programming concepts and some familiarity with Java,
C or C++ programming is required.  

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Re: Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 8:34 am

It is worth while (what ever you do) learning to program in C/C++. The ability to 'manipulate' data will always be a useful skill. The other related skill is understanding hex dumps, and thinking in Hex (not decimal).
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Re: Programming requirement for Digital investi and forensic

Post Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:50 am

I will be starting the Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigations (FCCI) program this fall with UCD. This is, from what I understand, slightly different than the Digital Investigations and Forensic Computing (DIFC). (the module lists are different as well)

evo8368 may be reffering to the Programming for Investigators (i think that's the name) module in the FCCI program. From what I understand (at least by talking with Ian Bonar at the college) the only languages that were discussed in detail were Python (programming module) and Bash (scripting module).

I would contact the faculty and find out what they focus on, and of course report back to help others.


Good Luck!



P.S. - I learned some basic C concepts from a CS course and that made my life so much easier when learning other languages like Python and even understanding Bash. I highly recommend getting some C or C++ experience to learn what actually happens "under the hood" with a programming language (which is not always clearly explained in other higher level languages).  

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