Course Summary
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Self-paced. 10 hours
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Cyber Law, Cyber Criminology, or Cybercrime and Digital Law
Students who request a credit recommendation for TEEX-0277 cannot receive a credit recommendation for TEEX-0250.


The course objective is to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of computer crime issues from a legal perspective. This course highlights the various computer crimes and appropriate response by first defenders and others that may encounter these types of issues. Participants learn legislations and organizational efforts to control or prevent such crimes. This course covers intellectual property law (copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, and unfair business practices), personal jurisdiction, electronic commerce and software contracts, telecommunications, antitrust, privacy, the right to accuracy of information, the right to access to information, and the First Amendment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain website domain names as assigned by ICANN, as well as the legality of hyperlinking, cybersquatting, and cyber-piracy prevention
  • Explain the forms of online identity theft, to included retail sales fraud, business opportunity, investment and online auction fraud under the purview of federal prosecution
  • Explain miscellaneous cybercrimes like free speech, child protection laws, as well as legal aspects of gambling, hate speech, and anti-hacking/anti-spyware
  • Explain online contracting, consumer protection/privacy and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations about online marketing
  • Explain the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Wire Fraud Act, Stolen Property Act and other miscellaneous copyrights intellectual property matters
  • Explain aspects of cyber-crime and electronic evidence on the Internet to include search and seizure, evidence in legal and business proceedings and computer security and incident response

General Course Topics:

  • Internet regulation: self-regulation
  • Federal
  • State
  • Online contracting
  • Consumer protection, employee privacy
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and online privacy
  • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • The Wire Fraud Act
  • The National Stolen Property Act
  • Copyright and digital music
  • Intellectual property
  • Domain names and ICANN
  • Hyperlinking
  • Cybersquatting
  • Trademark Cyber-Piracy Prevention Act
  • Parody and trademark infringement
  • Identity theft
  • Online retail sales fraud
  • Business opportunity fraud
  • Online auction fraud
  • Electronic evidence and cybercrimes
  • Search and seizure
  • Electronic discovery
  • Computer/Internet security
  • Incident response
  • Protecting children
  • The legal aspects of gambling on the Internet
  • Indecent/hate speech
  • Cybercrime security
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials