CJ 320 01: Cybersecurity Law and Investigations

CJ 320 - Cybersecurity Law and Investigations

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8451

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

Location: Online

Instructor Information

Rachel Jordan

Email: rachel.jordan@UND.edu

Office: Zoom

2023 Summer Office Hours:
By Request

Course Description

Cybersecurity Law and Investigations will explore the regulatory, legal, and policy framework of cybersecurity. More specifically, this course will examine laws and policies to reduce cyber threats and address cyber privacy concerns. This course will provide students with a framework for understanding state and federal laws and regulations that govern this emerging field, as well as investigative techniques and strategies for investigation and enforcement on a global scale.

CJ 320 is an undergraduate level course in cybersecurity This course is designed for criminal justice students and others interested in the legal and practical aspects of cybersecurity as it relates to the criminal justice system. 

Cybersecurity research has grown in visibility and importance during the last two decades.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the technical, social and legal aspects of cybercrime

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the historical evolution of cybersecurity. 

Learning Outcome 2: Identify computer and network security threats and classify the threats. 

Learning Outcome 3: Identify the types of actors and their motivation to commit cybercrime. 

Learning Outcome 4: Apply key security concepts that are important in cybersecurity. 

Learning Outcome 5: Compare key security tools and understand their effectiveness in battling cybercrime. 

Learning Outcome 6: Explain what the future holds for cybersecurity 

Learning Outcome 7: Formulate a plan for safer autonomous vehicles and election security. 

Course Materials

ISBN: 9781506347257 

Cyberspace, Cybersecurity, and Cybercrime (2018)Kremling & Sharp Parker 

Image result for cyberspace cybersecurity and cybercrime kremling and sharp parker 2018 

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Assessment Summary

Assignment                                               Final Grade

One Online Exam (100 points)                                 100 Points Possible
Five Open-Notes Quizzes (20 points each)             100 Points Possible
Six Discussion posts (20 points each)                     120 Points Possible
Six Assignments (20 points each)                            120 Points Possible

                                                                                      Total: 440 Points

Final Grade Scale

A= 89.5% - 100% 

B= 79.5% - 89.4% 

C= 69.5% - 79.4% 

D= 59.5% - 69.4% 

F= 59.4% and below 


  • There will be one exam 

  • The exam is worth 100 points 

  • The exam will contain a variety of multiple-choice, short answer and essay questions  

  • You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam 

  • You DO NOT need a proctor 

  • You MAY use your book and any resources 


  • There will be 5 quizzes 

  • Each quiz is worth 20 points 

  • Each quiz will contain 20 questions 

  • You will have 45 minutes to take the quiz 

  • You DO NOT need a proctor 

  • You MAY use your book and any resources 


  • Each of the 6 weeks you will be asked to post to the discussion board 

  • You will need to go to “discussion board” on Blackboard 

  • Post your response to the question posed (no fewer than 10 sentences) 

  • After you have posted your response, you will be able to see what other classmates have posted. 

  • You will be required to submit TWO responses to a classmate’s post (no fewer than 5 sentences). 

  • The  discussion post needs to be completed by the end of the week (Each Sunday at 11:59pm) 

  • Late assignments will be accepted; for a 3-point deduction 

Lesson Assignments

  • Each of the 6 weeks you will be asked to complete an assignment 

  • The assignment is worth 20 points 

  • The assignment should be submitted on Blackboard – there are instructions each week 

  • The assignment needs to be completed by the end of the week (Each Sunday at 11:59pm) 

  • Late assignments will be accepted; for a 5-point deduction 


Class Schedule

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
5/15 Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Cyberspace, the Internet & the WWW
What is Cybersecurity?
Discussion Post #1
Assignment #1
Quiz #1
5/22 Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Threat Factors – Computers as Targets
Threats to Cybersecurity by Criminals
Discussion Post #2
Assignment #2
Quiz #2
5/29 Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Threats to Cybersecurity by Hacktivists
National Security
Discussion Post #3
Assignment #3
Quiz #3
6/5 Chapter 7
Chapter 8
The Deep Web
Discussion Post #4
Assignment #4
Quiz #4
6/12 Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Cybersecurity Operations
Cybersecurity Policies / Legal Issues
Discussion Post #5
Assignment #5
Quiz #5
6/19 Chapter 11
What the Future Holds
Cyber Investigations
Discussion Post #6
Assignment #6
Final Exam
6/26 No Class
7/3 No Class
7/10 No Class
7/17 No Class
7/24 No Class
7/31 No Class

Course Policies

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

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Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

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If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

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It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

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How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

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Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).