ECF 610: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL CONCEPTS OF FRAUDThe course provides an overview of the legal systems and expertise required for fraud risk professionals. The course enables participants to deepen their knowledge of the U.S. legal system by acquiring a broader understanding of processes and procedures that focus on fraud investigation, prosecution, and civil remedies. The course covers knowledge of law enforcement agencies, federal rules and regulations, evidence management, and expert testimony.
ECF 619: LAN ADMINISTRATIONPrerequisite: CIS 540
This course will focus on the design, set up, and management of local area networks and intranets. This course will develop network administration with a focus on security issues. This course will provide students with a hands-on experience to install and administer a network and its security system. Data security issues, viruses, and virus protection are also covered. The type of network architecture will be defined during the course to allow for adaptation to current technology trends. Examples of possible network environments include Windows, Linux and/or Virtualized environment.
ECF 625: LITIGATION SUPPORT PRACTICES AND PROCEDURESPrerequisite: ECF 610
Students will explore "white-collar" misconduct that constitutes civil and/or criminal fraud, in a corporate setting including, but not limited to, (1) falsification of business records, (2) false billing, (3) forgery of documents or signatures, (4) embezzlement, (5) creation of false companies, (6) false insurance claims, (7) bankruptcy fraud, (8) investment frauds (such as Ponzi schemes), (9) tax fraud, and (10) securities fraud. Students will develop processes and procedures for proper evidence management as well as learn how to prepare for both serving as an expert witness and writing legally sound expert reports.
ECF 632: FINANCIAL STATEMENT FRAUDFinancial statement fraud involves intentional misstatements or omissions of financial statement amounts or disclosures to deceive users of the statements. This topic, commonly known as "cooking the books," will introduce students to managements' motives and pressures to achieve desired financial results as opposed to true economic financial results. This course will enable students to both understand and detect the creative accounting methods management employs to "cook the books" along with related fraud prevention strategies.
ECF 636: OCCUPATIONAL FRAUD AND ABUSEOccupational fraud and abuse is described as the use of one's occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse or misapplication of one's employing organization's resources or assets. Through the use of real-life case examples, this course will illustrate the types of persons most likely to perpetrate occupational fraud, under what conditions fraud might be committed, and the specific schemes used to defraud organizations of amounts ranging from hundreds to millions of dollars.
ECF 644: DATA SECURITY TECHNOLOGIESThis course will explore all aspects of computing and communications security, including policy, authentication, authorization, administration, and business resumption planning. It will examine key security technologies, such as encryption, firewalls, public-key infrastructures, smart cards, and related technologies that support the development of an overall security architecture. Course work will include plans for developing and implementing a technology security strategy focused on business needs.
ECF 650: SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR LEADERSHIPThis experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self-assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant's management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires) and feedback from co-workers, faculty, and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem-solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills he or she needs to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.
ECF 655: FRAUD CASES: SPECIAL EXAMPLESThe opportunity to commit or conceal fraud exists only when there are assets susceptible to misappropriation and a lack of internal controls to prevent or detect fraud. This course will focus on the high-risk fraud environments wherein assets are more vulnerable to misappropriation and fraud environments heightened by either a lack of, or non-functioning of, internal controls. Various fraud investigative methods and the process for communicating an expert report will play an essential role in these studies.
ECF 658: DATA MININGThis course is an introduction to data mining, with an emphasis on applying machine learning techniques for data mining. Data mining involves digging information or knowledge out of a mass of raw data. Some practical applications include credit risk analysis and database marketing. Machine learning involves the attempt to get computer programs to acquire skills that they were not specifically programmed for and/or to improve with experience. Popular methods include methods of learning decision trees and decision tables, learning rules, and "lazy learning" – case-based reasoning. Students will look in detail at several learning methods and their variations and how the machine learning methods can be used for data mining, including which algorithms can be used productively for what tasks and what data. Also emphasized will be data preparation and evaluation of results. The course work will involve experimenting with public domain versions of famous machine learning/data mining programs.
ECF 665: COMPUTER DIGITAL FORENSICS
This course examines techniques used to conduct computer crime investigations and gather probative evidence to secure a conviction under state and federal laws. Students will simulate a computer forensic investigation by developing an investigation plan, securing the crime scene, analyzing evidence, preparing the case for court, and testifying in a moot court situation.
BUS 776: LAW FOR THE BUSINESS MANAGERThe course offers an intensive exploration of the law affecting contracts, sales, and commercial paper within the context of management decision making. Designed to fill the needs of students who have had no previous exposure to law courses by amplifying the students' legal knowledge and legal reasoning.
ECF 880: INTEGRATIVE CAPSTONEThe Capstone Project is an opportunity to pursue an independent learning experience focused on a specific aspect of Economic Crime Forensics based on the student's interest. The capstone is intended to extend students' experience beyond their course work and cases, so as to apply knowledge in ways that are relevant to their professional goals. Students will work on research projects or in an experiential learning environment. Each student will be required to present his/her capstone both as an oral presentation and as a summary written document.