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 professional development 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 forensic science 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
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