AbstractDatabases often receive an uninspired and uninterested response. The curriculum content of a database module generally involves the design of entity-relationship models, SQL programming, application development and advanced database applications such as data warehousing and data mining. These are often taught within the tired and relatively worn case studies of purchase order systems, retail or health care systems. However the current trend for crime scene investigation drama and the frequent stories in the news of personal tragedies involving incorrect data, missing data or data mix-up capture the attention of many. The truth is that crimes require data investigation and expert database witnesses to provide evidence and this requires database knowledge and skill. This project involved the introduction of a ‘forensic flavour’ to the teaching of databases as part of an undergraduate Computing Degree to students. The ‘forensic flavour’ involved introducing investigative and enquiry based learning techniques as well as selecting case studies based around real-life crimes and crime data. The learning objectives remained unchanged for the modules as did the curriculum content. The initial findings are that the students engaged on average 40% better and enjoyed the experience more.
Campbell, J <http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/view/creators/Campbell=3AJ=3A=3A.html> and Lazarevski, S <http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/view/creators/Lazarevski=3AS=3A=3A.html> and Calvert, M <http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/view/creators/Calvert=3AM=3A=3A.html> (2010) Forensic flavour. Project Report. Institute for Enterprise (CETL).