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International Open Academy

Forensic Science

International Open Academy
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Class hours 50h
Duration 60 Days
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  • 50h
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Many crimes are solved by a “smoking gun” such as an eyewitness or being caught in the act. Other crimes are more complex to solve and require forensic evidence to identify and prove the perpetrator’s guilt. Forensic science has become the modern “smoking gun” to help solve many of these cases. Perhaps you’ve been watching too many CSI shows on TV and you’ve been wondering if all their techniques are real? Maybe you are interested to know how basic principles of science can be used in crime investigation, are considering a career as a forensic scientist, or need to know more to advance your current field, such as criminology, forensic psychology, criminal law, or crime writing? If your answer “yes” to any of these questions, our online Forensic Science course is uniquely designed for individuals like you, who:

Have an interesting in science
Have a passion for solving crimes and justice
Enjoy obtaining new knowledge
Want a better understanding of criminal investigations and court cases
Are considering a new career or want to enhance your current career
Would like to have an impressive addition to your resume
Knowledge of crime scene techniques and the handling and analysis of evidence is not only interesting, but improves your understanding of the complexity of some crime scenes and the challenges that face investigators and prosecutors. Forensic evidence has been a main talking point and contributor to the outcomes of many high profiled cases, such as O.J. Simpson and Dr. Sam Sheppard, whose case was featured in the famous Hollywood movie “The Fugitive”.

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· What are the objectives of this course?

Throughout our online curriculum you will learn the basics of the forensic sciences, from principles to analytical techniques that are used to build information useful in solving crimes. There contributions in the criminal justice system are unmeasurable. For instance, DNA evidence has been the reason that more than 300 prisoners, many on death row, have been exonerated, some after decades in prison. In this course you will learn how: Forensic science developed and its roles in police work and solving crimes Evidence such as blood and fingerprints can be analyzed and used as evidence To determine how long someone has been dead, even for a very long time Powerful DNA evidence is to catch a criminal Forensic scientists apply their expertise in court Forensic scientists work in different roles and settings With this course, you will gain a good understanding of what Forensic Science is, the basic principles that are applied, and the different techniques and technologies that are used in the process.

· Qualification

Fully accredited by ICOES, International Council for Online Educational Standards.

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Rosemary Villatoro
4.0 04/06/2018
What I would highlight: I simply loved this course and everything was great and Modules were easy to comprehend and the exams are not easy so be sure to study!
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What you'll learn on the course

Forensic Psychology
Penal System
Digital Imaging
Biology Science
Chemical analysis
Forensic science
Scientific unit

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Course programme

Module 1: Historical development and role of forensic sciences
Introduction to forensic sciences and basic principles
Special areas and contributions of the forensic sciences
Development of medico legal investigation
Forensic pathology and toxicology

Module 2: The crime scene
Processing the crime scene
Reconstruction of the crime scene
Legal considerations of the crime scene
Using science to link crimes
The significance of physical evidence

Module 3: Fingerprinting
Fundamental principles of fingerprinting
Classification of fingerprints
Methods of detecting and preserving fingerprints
Digital imaging techniques
Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
Case study: product tampering and Stella Nickell

Module 4: DNA analysis
The nature of DNA
Collecting DNA samples
DNA Typing
Analysis of DNA evidence
The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
Case study: the exoneration of Earl Washington

Module 5: Toxicology
What is forensic toxicology?
Techniques used in toxicology
The significance of toxicological findings
Toxicology and identification of poisons
Toxicology and identification of drugs

Module 6: Arson and explosion investigations
The Chemistry of Fire
Investigating the Fire Scene
Type of Explosions
Collecting and Analyzing Explosives
Case Study: Is Daniel Dougherty Guilty of Arson?

Module 7: Serological evidence
The Nature of Blood
Stain Patterns of Blood
Forensic analysis of blood, semen, and other bodily fluids
Collection and Analysis of Rape Evidence

Module 8: Firearms
Forensic ballistics
Gunpowder residue
Bullet and cartridge casing comparisons
Striations and tool marks
Gunshot wounds
Case study: family murderer Christopher Vaughn proven guilty

Module 9: Time of death determinations
Stages of decomposition
Body temperature calculations
Stomach contents
Decomposed skeletonized remains
Forensic entomology (insects)
Case study: the murder of Leanne Tiernan

Module 10: The forensic scientist as expert witness in court
Preparation for testimony
Testimony and cross examination
Admissibility of Scientific Evidence
Ethical Considerations

Module 11: Collaboration in criminal investigations
Working with detectives
Working with forensic psychologists
Working with the prosecutor or defense
Conducting research
Lecturing and consulting