Do you want to be involved in improving forensic procedures and methods at real and digital crime scenes and thus make a significant contribution to fighting crime in the future? Do you want to learn how to support forensic experts in their everyday work at physical and cyber crime scenes? Do you want to work with state-of-the-art IT technology and high-performance contactless measuring technology to not only analyse digital crimes (e.g. in online banking) but also record real evidence in three dimensions with high precision in the nanometer range? Do you wish to analyse new IT technology in the automotive sector, for example, to explain accidents or safety incidence within the car's IT system?
The "ForensicDesign@Informatics" specific track within the bachelor's in informatics course uses the latest IT-based methods, state-of-the-art sensorics and pattern recognition techniques to teach you how to analyse evidence at real and digital crime scenes. It gives you the opportunity to research on an interdisciplinary basis in informatics and investigate real crime scene evidence (e.g. fingerprints, fibres, ballistics and tool marks) not only in theory but also in practice.
As well as the mandatory courses in the informatics degree, you can complete a selection of courses on "Forensic Design Principles", "Basic IT Methods" and "Key and Method Skills" from a wider pool of suitable courses. The seminars, projects and work placements for the project can also be selected based on ForensicDesign@Informatics.
There are two versions of the specific track course available. You can choose between the basic "ForensicDesign@Informatics" profile and the advanced "ForensicDesign+@Informatics", which is primarily aimed at experts.
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- Work placement in cooperation partners, especially in the security industry. This covers a wide range of authorities and public bodies through to industry, i.e. covering the complete process chain from sensor manufacturers to tool development and actual tool application.
- Amalgamation of teaching and research through project-oriented lectures with reference to current research projects and their project partners
- Courses with support from Commerzbank (Divisional Head of Threats Defense) for IT forensics and State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) Saxony-Anhalt for crime scene forensics integrated into digital and digitised forensics.
- Bachelor profile can be continued into a master's or even a research position on the subject.
- DKE (German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) research colloquium with current topics on data analysis
Target group and career prospects
ForensikDesign@Informatik is aimed at informatics students who are interested in the application and design of modern software services and designing new informatics methods to solve crime. Graduates with this specific track are not only able to apply existing forensic methods specifically, but can also implement basic design requirements in order to develop and apply their own and new methods. The specific track opens up a wide range of career prospects in IT forensics, cyber-forensics, computer forensics, forensic investigation of automotive systems, network forensics, media forensics and crime scene forensics, including the design of new products, from sensors and recording devices to software, management, incident clarification, data protection and data salvage. Students can benefit from the knowledge obtained via the specific track, which is also in demand from the manufacturers of forensic hardware and software and for IT forensics and scene of crime forensics (including sensor manufacturers). Graduates can expect an interesting, varied career within an established company. Students can also benefit from this specific track because they acquire sought-after key skills such as teamwork, flexibility on specialisation, innovation and commitment.
An overview of profile modules available and the regular timetable can be accessed here:
The courses which form part of the profile modules are marked in the LSF (student information system) with "ForensicDesign@Informatics Profile".
Recognition of specific track courses
Specific track students should use the preparatory document: listing of profile-related achievements to record specific courses completed. In order for the specific track to be recognised, students should present this completed document and a copy of the achievement certificate from the examination board to the specific track course leader.
The following people are responsible for the specific track course: