Forensic science is essentially the application of any scientific knowledge to the law. This course is ideal for anyone considering a career in criminal law or law enforcement, including those working in legal offices, investigative journalism, the security industry, and even those who would like to pursue a career in crime writing!
The Certificate of Forensic Science is an online program that will give you a fundamental understanding of the nature and scope of forensic science, including techniques like anthropometry, fingerprinting and bloodstain analysis.
In this professional development course, you will study the types of physical and biological evidence, evidence collection, the analysis of evidence, and specialist forensic services like pathology, psychology and anthropology.
You will also learn about criminology and psychological theories, criminal profiling and intelligence, how to present evidence in court, and the ethical issues involved in forensic psychology.
On completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills to embark on a career in forensic science or have gained new specialised skills to advance in your area of career expertise.
Unit - Introduction to Forensics
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
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
From enrollment to completion the process was straight forward and easily navigated. Support was a phone call or email away with minimal delay in response from tutors who were knowledgeable and efficient in their assistance. The content of the course was thorough and interesting which prompted you to delve and research further into each topic. Thankyou AOC for a positive and supported learning experience, highly recommend AOC to anyone wanting to learn in their own environment at their own pace to a schedule that you develop to suit your learning needs.
D. Carey, Littleton, NSW | Certificate of Forensic Science and Investigation
I found this course very informative, the assignments were very challenging and I felt as if the certificate was earned and not just handed out which I think is fantastic.
B. Gersbank, South Africa | Certificate of Forensic Science
V. Kreiman, Botany, NSW | Certificate of Forensic Science
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.