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Advanced Certificate of Criminology and Forensic Science


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

The study of criminology and forensic science is a fascinating field and a discipline that can be applied to many careers.

The Advanced Certificate of Criminology 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 criminology 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 criminology and forensic science, including crime, criminal profiling, serial killing, eyewitness memory, fitness to stand trial, interviewing, interrogation, confessions, exploring 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.

Course Structure

Unit 1: Criminology and Forensic Psychology

  • What is Criminology?
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Functionalism
  • Interactionalism
  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Norms, Mores, Folkways and Laws
  • What is Crime?
  • Elements of Crime
  • The Ecology of Crime
  • Crime Prevention
  • Types of Crime Prevention
  • Legal Classification of Crimes
  • Organised Crimes and Unorganised Crimes
  • Causes of Crime
  • The Classical School of Criminology
  • The Theory of Punishment
  • The Positivist Principle
  • Classification of Criminals
  • Critical School of Criminology
  • Sociological Approach to Crimes
  • Theories of the Sub-Culture
  • The New Criminology
  • Labelling Theory
  • Classification of Crimes
  • Patterns and Trends of Crimes
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Categories of Offence
  • The Profile of Criminals
  • Victims of Crimes
  • Biographies
  • Theory
  • Classical Theory
  • Critiques of Classical Theory
  • Neoclassical Theory
  • Positivist Criminology
  • Biological Theories
  • Post-Lombrosian Researchers
  • Psychological Theories
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Learning Theories
  • Social Control or Bond Theories
  • Criminal Offences
  • What is Terrorism?
  • Australian Court System
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Serial killing
  • Crime and psychiatry
  • Police profiling
  • Criminal profiles
  • Famous cases
  • Introduction To Forensic Psychology
  • Media Hype Vs. Reality
  • The Roles Of Forensic Psychologist
  • Careers In Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Versus Forensic Psychiatry
  • The Relationship Between Psychology And Law
  • The History Of Forensic Psychology
  • Forensics
  • Theories Of Crime
  • Biological Theories Of Crime
  • Sociological Theories Of Crime
  • Forensic Psychology And Policing
  • Violent Criminals
  • Offenders With Low IQ
  • Risk Assessment
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology and Profiling
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Geographic Profiling
  • Goals Of Geographic Profiling
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Psychological Autopsy
  • Limits Of Profiling And Psychological Autopsy
  • Psychological Models Of Violence
  • The Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Behavioural Theories
  • Cognitive Development And Violence
  • Personality And Violence
  • Psychopathy And Violence
  • Intelligence And Violence
  • Psychologist As Expert Witness
  • Eye Witness Testimony
  • Eye Witness Memory
  • The Psychology Of Confessions
  • False Confessions
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Legal Psychology
  • Fitness To Stand Trial
  • Police Lineups
  • Police Interviews
  • Interrogation Techniques
  • Detecting Deceit
  • Predicting Offending Behaviours

Unit 2: Forensic Science

  • Forensic science
  • Scientific method
  • History of forensic science
  • Forensic accounting
  • Forensic document examinations
  • Forensic economics
  • Forensic engineering
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Forensic psychology and psychiatry
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic DNA analysis
  • Forensic meteorology
  • Forensic odontology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Forensic profiling
  • Forensic identification
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Collecting evidence
  • Preserving and recording evidence
  • Medical forensics
  • Body samples
  • Firearms evidence
  • Tool marks
  • Paint evidence
  • Crime scene photography
  • Fingerprints
  • Ballistics
  • Projectiles
  • Explosives
  • Fire investigation
  • Forgeries and counterfeiting


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • 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;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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  • Correctional Officers/Personnel
  • Police Officers
  • Criminal Justice Personnel


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