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Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Forensic Science 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Introduction to Forensic Science online course:
Learn about forensic science and its application to crime. This course covers: forensic science, handling of evidence, criminology, criminal psychology and forensic science ethics.
Therefore it is ideal for anyone interested in persueing a career in:
- Forensic Pathology
- Forensic Science or as a Scene of Crime Officer (Soco)
- Law Enforcement
- Crime Fiction Writing
TV programmes like CSI and Silent Witness inspire many young people to seek a career in Forensic Science. If obtaining a degree leading to doing a Masters in Forensic Science is your goal, you should consider taking A levels in Chemistry, Biology plus Mathematics, and gain a degree (2:1 or above) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology. You will also need to have excellent communication skills, plus an inquiring and methodical mind. So how can completing our Introduction to Forensic Science help you? Quite simply, it will help you decide whether forensic science is the career for you. If you could make an in-depth study of what a career in forensics entails before making a decision you might regret later, wouldn’t you want to take the opportunity to do so? After all, gaining a Masters Degree in Forensic Science is both a time consuming and costly affair. Completing this excellently conceived introduction to the principles of forensic science, makes it possible for you to test the water”, before committing 4 years of your life to a PHD course. You can begin this course at any time and because it is self-paced, fit it in around your other studies without any pressure to finish it within a set time.
Lesson Structure: Introduction to Forensic Science BSC114
There are 10 lessons to complete: 1 Nature of Forensic Science
- What is Forensic Science?
- Laboratory Sciences
- Field sciences
- Digital services
- Forensic medicine
- Origins and Principles of Forensic Science
- DNA Profiling
- Underlying Principles
- Expert Witness
2 Forensic Science and Law
- Scientific Principles
- Feature Comparison Methods
- Problems with Validity
- Application of Forensic Science to Law
- Use of Evidence
- Relationship With Law
- Ways of categorising crimes
- What is Evidence: Direct evidence, Circumstantial evidence
- Introduction to Types of Physical and Biological Evidence
3 Evidence Collection
- Chain of Custody
- Crime Scene Investigations
- First Respondents
- Initial Assessment of the Scene
- Processing the Scene
- Collection of Samples
- Completion of Crime Scene Investigation
4 Analysis of Evidence
- The Purpose of Analysis
- Principles Underlying Analysis
- Statistical Analysis
- Human/User Error
- Correlation vs Causation
- Univariate Analysis
- Types of Evidence
- Laboratory Analysis
- Drugs & Toxicology
- Use of Laboratory Evidence
5 Specialist Forensics
- Civil vs Criminal Courts
- Types of Forensics Used
- Digital & Electronic Forensics
- Gathering Evidence
- Order of Volatility
- Forensic Pathology
- Forensic Anthropology
- Forensic Psychology
- Training in Forensic Psychology
- What does a forensic psychologist do?
- Psychological Theories
- Psychodynamic Theory
- Behavioural Theory
- Social Learning Theory
- Cognitive Theory
- Moral Development
- Personality and Crime
- Intelligence and Crime
- Children and Crime
- Violence in Children
- Age of Criminal Responsibility
7 Psychological Disorders and Crime
- What Do We Mean By Mental Health Disorder
- Mental Health and Criminal Offences
- Legal Aspects
- Types of Disorders and Crime
- Personality Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Schizoid Personality Disorder
- Substance Use
- Mental Health in Children and Crime
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
8 Criminal Profiling and Intelligence
- Criminal Profiling
- Role of Forensic Psychologists & Psychiatrists in Profiling
- Police Profiling
- Statistical Profiling
- Applications of Profiling
- Profiling Typologies
- Problems with Profiling
- Intelligence Gathering
- Tracking Offenders
- Crime Analysis
9 Presenting Evidence in Court
- Burden of Proof
- Admissibility of Evidence
- Admissibility and Forensic Evidence
- Witnesses and Delivering Testimony
- Expert Witness Testimony
- Eye Witness Testimonies
10 Ethical Issues
- Legislation vs. Legislature
- The Purpose of the Law
- The Purpose of Ethics
- Exercise: The Plank of Carneades
- Ethical Practice and Forensic Science
- Ethics as Protective
- A Note on Jury Tainting
- Chain of Custody
- Forensic Practice and Ethics
- Professional Responsibilities for the Psychology and Counsellor
- Conflicts of Interest
- Duty of Care
- Sexual Exploitation
- Group Counselling
- Children and Persons with Diminished Capacity
- Multicultural Issues and Respect
- Client Records and Confidentiality
- Dual Relationships
- Professional Consultation
- Mental Health and Psychology
- Labelling and Mental Health
- Ethical implications In Forensic Psychology
- Best Interests
Learning Goals: Introduction to Forensic Science BSC114
- Define forensic science and its various offshoots.
- Describe the application of forensic science to investigation of crimes and legal process.
- Explain crime scene investigations, different categories of evidence, and their collection procedures.
- Explain how different types of evidence are tested and analysed on site and in the laboratory.
- Discuss how evidence may be used and/or interpreted.
- To explain the roles of individuals working in specialist forensic sciences and the services they provide.
- To explain the difference between civil and criminal court.
- Understand theories underlying criminal behaviour in men, women and children.
- Understand the link between mental health disorders and criminal behaviour.
- To explain how assessment and data collection is used in forensic sciences, law enforcement and psychology to profile criminal offenders and provide intelligence.
- Understand how evidence is presented in court and issues surrounding eye witness testimonies.
- Explain what ethics are, and why they are important in forensic science.
- Explain the importance of ethics in the concept of protection of a person or persons within the court system.
- Explain how ethical issues can influence collection of evidence, use of data and profiling.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Set Practical Tasks: Introduction to Forensic Science BSC114
- Carry out searches online for job vacancies in forensic sciences or specialist forensic fields. Try to find at least five (if possible), but no more than ten. Prepare a list of: Where the jobs are located e.g. laboratory, university, police, plus what the job role entails.
- Conduct research online, in a library or using texts and other literature you have access to. Investigate one person mentioned in this lesson who has made a significant contribution to forensic science (or choose someone else who you are aware of but who is not mentioned here).
- Try to find out their background, their area of work, and any significant contributions they have made to forensic science.
- Conduct research online, in a library or using texts and other literature you have access to. Investigate the validity of forensic science evidence. Consider: a) How can foundational validity and applied validity be a help or hindrance to forensic science? b) What measures could be taken to enhance acceptance of forensic techniques?
- Go online and watch several short videos concerning two different methods of forensic fingerprint collection. Search using phrases such as “latent fingerprint collection video”, “forensics video lifting fingerprints” or “patent fingerprint collection forensics video”. Spend about half an hour doing this and make notes.
- Go online, search in a library, or use any texts you have access to. Conduct research into any two of the following trace evidence collection procedures: Take whole object, Take part of permanent object, Take scraping from permanent object e.g. paint from car, Collect soil or rock sample, Swab a surface. Make notes.
- Select three types of substances screened for in drug and toxicology testing. Research screening techniques for these substances. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
- Research the Law of Circumstantial Analysis and circumstantial evidence. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
- Research types of DNA analysis. Select 2 types, and read about this in depth. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
- Select one of the following, and research its procedures and application in forensic sciences. You may wish to create a table or other diagram to organise your research. Spend no more than 90 minutes on this task. • Forensic odontology • Forensic palynology • Forensic ballistics • Forensic toxicology • Other sub-area of your choice.
- Investigate the types of analysis performed by a forensic anthropologist. Take notes. Spend no more than 30 minutes on this task.
- Carry out online research into a famous criminal. You may choose someone like Ted Bundy, Al Capone, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, Fred West, Rosemary West, Myra Hindley or anyone who interests you. Find out more about what they did.
- Research the age of criminal responsibility in the country in which you live. Spend no more than 30 minutes on this task
- Carry out research into child criminals. Choose a case that interests you and carry out research.
- Research potential criticisms of the psychological theories explored in this lesson. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task
- Conduct research online, in a library or using any relevant texts and printed material you have access to. Find out: a) What the law is in relation to convicting people with mental disorders of crimes in your locality or jurisdiction i.e. are mentally ill people usually diverted into treatment programs or imprisoned? If they are imprisoned, what treatment options are available to them? b) If there are any differences in the treatment of mentally ill offenders depending on the type of mental illness they have. c) If there are any differences in the treatment of mentally ill offenders depending on the type of crime or severity of crime.
- Conduct research online, in a library or using any relevant texts and printed material you have access to. Find out about psychopathy and violent crime.
- Go online and watch a short video or two on criminal profiling. You could use you tube or a search engine. Search using phrases such as “introduction to offender profiling video”, “criminal profiling video”, “video what is offender profiling?” Make notes.
- Research a case that interests you online or at your local library. Think about the forensic evidence discussed, and why it is relevant or important to the case. (If the evidence in your case is not discussed, make a note of this, and think about desirable evidence.) Spend no more than 90 minutes on this task.
- Research what constitutes admissible evidence in your area. Take notes. Spend no more than 30 minutes on this task.
- Research the reliability of either eye witness testimony or expert witness testimony. Take notes. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
- Visit websites, such as the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society, Australian Psychological Society or a similar organisation in your local area. Find out what their ethical guidelines are in terms of forensic psychology. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
- Research ethical quandaries and thought experiments online. Think about potential outcomes, and how they fit with your understanding of morality, then how they fit with your understanding of the legal system in your country. Spend no more than 1 hour on this task.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,