FEPAC Call for Comment on Proposed Standards Updates - Digital Evidence 2015

Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards, FEPAC is tasked to conduct ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of students seeking a career in forensic science.  During a recent review of the FEPAC Digital Evidence Standards, the Commission formed a task force comprised of FEPAC Commissioner and task force leader, Jeff Salyards, PhD, MFS and digital evidence experts and educators to identify the needs of forensic digital evidence students.  The task force posed the following questions:

  1. What basic science and math classes should be the minimum requirement for this type of program (e.g., Calculus, Physics, Electronic Circuits, etc)?
  2. What computer science classes should be the minimum requirement for this type of program (e.g., Object Oriented Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Intro to Operating System, etc)?
  3. What general Forensic Science Topics should be covered through a combination of courses and contact hours (i.e., should Digital Evidence programs cover QM, other Forensic Science Disciplines like LP and DNA, and Moot Court, etc)?
  4. What are Specific Computer Forensics/Digital Evidence subjects be covered and how would this content be best delivered? Examples include Linux-based tools like DC3DD, vendor-based industry products (like EnCase), and Information Assurance/Network Security.

In response to these questions, the task force reviewed and proposed changes to FEPAC’s Standards as they apply to Computing and Information Science Technology Programs (Forensic Digital Evidence).  The following represents the result of months of dedicated work with a comparison of the current FEPAC standards (left) and proposed changes (right).  Click here for the PDF docuemtn.

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