The study of criminal psychology and forensic science is a fascinating field and a discipline that can be applied to many careers.
The Advanced Certificate of Criminal Psychology and Forensic Science is a professional development program designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the fields of criminology, forensic psychology and forensic science, or to enhance current employment opportunities.
This online criminal psychology and forensic science course will develop your knowledge and understanding of criminology and forensic psychology and will provide a solid foundation for further studies in this field.
You will learn the fundamentals of criminal psychology and forensic science, including forensic science and the law, evidence collection, specialist forensics, criminology, psychological disorders and crime, criminal profiling, and ethical issues. You will also discover psychology and crime, mental disorders, gender and crime, youth and crime, psychology and the police, psychology in the courtroom and crime prevention strategies, exploring the causes behind criminal and deviant behaviour and the core theories and issues in criminology and forensic psychology.
You will explore the fascinating subject of forensic science and gain the knowledge and skills required to embark on a career in forensic science, criminal justice, policing and allied health services. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the science behind criminal and police investigations and discover the entire process of forensic crime scene investigation from photographing the initial crime scene and collecting evidence to analysing specimens and using criminal profiling.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to pursue employment throughout the criminal justice system, including the police and legal sectors or use knowledge gained in a business or allied health profession.
Unit 1 – Introduction to criminal psychology
Definitions of crime
Consensus view of what crime is
Conflict view of crime
Interactionist view of crime
Scope of criminal psychology
What criminal psychologists do
Unit 2 – Psychological approaches to understanding crime
Biological explanations of crime
XYY chromosome model
Environmental explanations of crime
Rational choice theory
Unit 3 – Psychology and understanding serious crimes
Types of aggression
Social learning theories
Biological and evolutionary theories
Types of aggression
Aggression an against outsiders
Aggression in species
Aggression in humans
Environmental influences on human aggression
Imitation or modelling
Aggression and culture
Other factors in aggression: alcohol, pain, frustration
False stalking syndrome
Unit 4 – Mental disorder and crime 1 – learning disabilities and crime
Meaning of learning disabilities
Crime and intelligence
Modern intelligence testing
Learning disabilities and crime
Sex offences and people with learning disabilities
Unit 5 – Mental disorder and crime 2 – psychopathy
Scope and nature of psychopathology
How do people become psychopaths
Unit 6 – Gender and crime
Scope and nature of gender and crime studies
Rates of crime
Murder and violence
Case study … Women offenders
Unit 7 – Youth and crime
Age of criminal responsibility
Mental health risk
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Cumulative affect of risk factors
Prevalence and offending
Young people as victims
Unit 8 – Psychology and the Police
Social construction of reported crime
Schemas and EWT
Police line ups
Every day uses of psychology by police
Unit 9 – Psychology in the courtroom
The primacy effect
Schemas and social perception
Social inference and decision making
Psychology and the law
Unit 10 – Psychology and crime prevention
Types of punishment
History of punishment
Reasons for punishment
Punishment and impartiality
Unit 1 – Nature of Forensic Science
What is forensic science?
Origins and principles of forensic science
Unit 2 – Forensic science and law
Feature comparison methods
Applications of forensic science to law
Use of evidence
Relationship with law
What is evidence?
Types of physical and biological evidence
Unit 3 – Evidence collection
Chain of custody
Crime scene investigations
Assessing the scene
Collection of samples
Completion of crime scene
Unit 4 – Analysis of evidence
The purpose of analysis
Principles underlying analysis
Types of evidence
Unit 5 – Specialist forensics
Civil vs criminal courts
Types pf forensics used
Digital and electronics forensics
Unit 6 – Criminology
Personality and crime
Intelligence and crime
Children and crime
Unit 7 – Psychological disorders and crime
Mental health disorders
Mental health and criminal offences
Types of disorder and crime
Mental health in children and crime
Oppositional defiance disorder
Unit 8 – Criminal profiling
Role of forensic psychologist and psychiatrist in profiling
Applications of profiling
Problems with profiling
Unit 9 – Presenting evidence in court
Burden of proof
Admissibility of evidence
Admissibility of forensic evidence
Witness and delivering testimony
Expert witness testimony
Forensic case study
Unit 10 – Ethical issues
Legislation vs legislature
The purpose of the law
The purpose of ethics
Ethical practice and forensic science
Chain of custody
Forensic practice and ethics
Mental health and psychology
Ethical implication in forensic psychology
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
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In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Loved the content. It made sense and followed a logical learning pathway and assignment questions were relevant and also allowed for personal investigation which I enjoyed
A.O’Brien, Boneo, VIC | Advanced Certificate of Criminal Psychology and Forensic Science
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
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