The main focus of the Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation course is to provide the students an ability to anticipate and understand the fundamentals on which the science of Forensic relies. Forensic Science and the Criminal Investigation course would enable the students to observe and analyze the nitty-gritties of a crime scene, the crime concerned and the mode involved in committing the crime. As every crime scene and the crime committed is unique in its manner, therefore this course would provide the students an ability to understand and analyze every crime scene and the associated factors keeping in mind the principles on which the science of Forensic is based. Besides thorough theory classes; an exposure to proper, organized and interactive practical sessions will also be a mandatory part of the respective course structure.
Forensic Science is that exclusive and amazing discipline of Science, which relies on the application of scientific methodologies and techniques for the affairs and matters pertaining to law. Forensic Science and its techniques thoroughly depends up on the principle proposed by a French Scientist called Edmond Locard, who is considered the pioneer of this science by proposing the fact that, in every contact traces are shared mutually. Since then to till date, the investigation is processed in every case keeping this scientific fact in account.
Criminal Investigation, as the name suggests is the investigation of every crime scene uniquely and precisely, so that no evidence which could be linked to that specific crime slips off the eyes of an Investigator. Crime Scene Investigation plays a very pivotal part in the entire legal processing, as this investigation provides the investigator a link that could bind the victim and the perpetrator to the concerned crime, on the basis of the evidences encountered in and during the processing the entire scene of crime.
A chronological and protocolled search of the scene of crime and a scientific approach well-equipped with technicality towards the circumstantial evidences encountered, curtails the chances of poor validation of the associated case.
MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
This course module will acquaint you with the Fundamentals, History, Basic Principles and Significances of Forensic Science, Institutional structures, Government and Private Laboratories, Role and Uses of this Science in Criminal Justice System. It includes the chain of custody i.e. the collection, preservation, inspection, evaluation and report writing of evidences. This field includes various sub fields. The first section introduce you to the diversity of Forensic Science in its legal context.
MODULE 2 – CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT
In this module crime scene investigation and management, the first part will introduce you to the definition and types of crime, role of Crime Scene Investigator, importance of Locard’s Exchange Principle and types of Crime Scene such as Indoor Crime Scene and Outdoor Crime Scene. The another section of this module will be mentioning the types of evidences; Fragile or Transient Evidence and Solid or Tangible Evidence and the Physical Evidence Searching Methods like Spiral Search, Grid Search, Strip Search, Zone Search etc. with Crime Scene Reconstruction.
MODULE 3 – PHYSICAL EVIDENCE COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION
This module will introduce you to modern methods of the investigation of the Crime Scene and the searching methods of the physical evidences with definition, types and their significances. The topic will include Collection, Preservation, Packaging and Forwarding of different types of evidences to the Laboratories further examination. This course is designed to instruct you to the multiple real case studies.
MODULE 4 – FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION
This module would introduce you to the definition, history, development and basic patterns of fingerprints and their sub classes. In addition, you will be acquainted with the nature of fingerprints at the scene of crime which may be latent, visible, or plastic in nature. Fingerprints are classified in several classifications such as Henry System/ Ten Digit Classification which will be elaborated in this module along with the procedural methods of the development and lifting of the fingerprints.
MODULE 5 – QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION
In this module, you will be taught about the documents, their nature, problems, and examination. The fundamentals of handwriting verification, examination and signature verification are introduced to the students along with the practical sessions on the common types of cases that we encounter on a general basis. This module will enable the students to differentiate very precisely between genuine writing and signature, to a forged one.
MODULE 6 – COMPUTER AND CYBER CRIME
The use of computers in almost all the areas of society has provided the criminals an opportunity to use computers as the most smart and accessible way to commit serious crimes, such as pornography, phishing scams, identity theft and so. Therefore, this course will provide the students a platform to have a close look to the types of common cybercrimes and the techniques to cope with them by strengthening one’s social security.
MODULE 7 – FORENSIC BIOLOGY
Forensic Biology, As The Name Itself Clarifies Is Related To Biology. Forensic Biology, In General Deals With The Proper Examination Of Biological Fluids Encountered At A Specific Crime Scene. The Biological Fluid Generally Spotted Are- Blood, Urine, Semen, Saliva and Vaginal Fluids. After The Packaging And Processing Of The Evidence To The Laboratory Is Done, Then Starts Their Scientific Analysis To Ensure The Authenticity Of The Evidence And Their Possible Source.
MODULE 8 – CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES
The module familiarizes you to understand the Fundamentals of the Criminal Behavior, which is defined under topics as Modus Operandi, Criminal Profiling, Portrait Parley, Polygraph, Narco-analysis, Brain Fingerprinting, Voice Stress Analysis and Speaker Profiling.
MODULE 9 – FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY
This module explains all about the Forensic Toxicology. In this module, the student will be taught about the toxins/ poisons, its definition, classifications, common types of poisons which are frequently found. Every poison has a striking feature of targeting a specific organ. Thus, this course will also include the poisons, their general characteristics, the toxic principle involved, their action of mechanism, the associated signs and symptoms, the post-mortem appearances and their medico-legal aspects. This course would enable the students to have a close look at the poisons and their concerns.
MODULE 10 – FORENSIC PHYSICS
In this module, the characteristics of glass, paint, soil and fiber are defined by which the relation between criminal and crime scene can be established. This module also contain the detail description of tool mark and its chemical methodology for the restoration of the obliterated marks. These type of evidences represent the crimes like robbery, burglary, vehicular accidents etc.
MODULE 11 – FORENSIC BALLISTICS
This module will make you understand the science behind the firearms. Firearms have become a very conventional mode for the criminals in committing the crime. Thus, this module will introduce the students to the science of ballistics, its types, and definition of firearm as per law, types of firearm, bullets and the related information.
MODULE 12 – FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography plays a very significant part in Forensics. Every crime scene is unique and fragile in nature, therefore it needs to be preserved for further legal proceedings. In this module, you will be guided on to how photography is of great importance in Forensics. You will practically be shown as how to photograph a crime scene, how to cover each and every minute detail, how to picture the evidences without altering their position, and the techniques involved in photographing a scene of crime.
MODULE 13 – FORENSIC SEROLOGY
Forensic Serology include the properties and reactions of serums, especially blood serum. Often in a crime scene, blood and other body fluids are present and can be tested to identify a suspect or victim if either is unknown. The secrets of the body are written in the blood; a single drop of blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Blood stain patterns at a crime scene can help sometimes yield important clues such as the type and velocity of the weapon, the number of blows, the handedness of assailant, position and movements of the victim, order of inflicted wounds, types of injuries, estimation of when crime was committed, and whether the death was immediate or delayed. This module also comprises of the examination of other body fluid like semen, saliva, urine, vomit, tears, faecal matter, vaginal fluid and sweat.
MODULE 14 – DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE
This module deals with the introduction of the drug and alcohol abuse with their developmental history. It also covers the classification and the identification of various types of drugs. The use of alcohol as an abuse is also a vital role in the criminal investigation and the alcohol intoxication triggers the number of crime done by an individual. The collection and preservation of alcohol is done by various instrumental technique and hence further analysis can be applied. This module also include the topic like breath analyzer and blood alcohol concentration.
MODULE 15 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
Forensic Psychology is a combination of Forensic and Psychology. This course would familiarize the students with the criminal behavior, by allowing them to analyze the myriad aspects related to a criminal including family background, childhood and such other similar factors. These factors would enable the students to work on Criminal Profiling, which would lead to a better way in understanding the crime and the mind-set of the criminal who committed it.
MODULE 16 – FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
Forensic Anthropology is a branch of a vast science called, Anthropology. Anthropology is all about the study of human race. In Forensic Anthropology, students will be taught as to what kind of cases are involved in it. The determination of sex, race, and age from the skeletal remains is the most atypical point of this science. The differentiation between ante-mortem and post-mortem injuries is also an important topic included in the module.
MODULE 17 – FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY
Time since death is topic of great concern when it comes to the Criminal Investigation Techniques. Forensic Entomology is a subject which deals with various factors as what maggots or insects arrived at a crime scene, at what stage of their life-cycle can they be found at. A close examination and observation of the maggot’s life cycle helps in assessing the time since death, which would precisely help the investigators in estimating the time when the particular crime took place. This is due to this science why insects are considered a factor of great help to the investigating team.
MODULE 18 – FORENSIC MEDICINE
Forensic Medicine is all about the application of medical science for the purpose of law. The important topics covered in this module would be death, the various related factors, post-mortem/ autopsy, its significance and utility in criminal investigation, wounds and their medico-legal aspects. A visit to autopsy would also be conducted as a part of practical curriculum
MODULE 19 – WILDLIFE FORENSIC
Wildlife Forensic, as the name itself defines is all about the application of the science and techniques of Forensic for the conservation of fauna. This course would help the students in initiating step towards the wildlife conservation by preventing domestic poaching and illegal animal trading.
MODULE 20 – FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY
This module tells about the application of dental science for the purpose of law. The application of Forensic Odontology or Forensic Dentistry generally deals with the cases as, violent physical and sexual assaults. The role of bite-mark analysis is of utmost importance, in the cases pertaining to the Forensic Dentistry. Just as fingerprints, dental impressions are also unique to every individual. Thus, this science leads to be a primary requisite during criminal investigation of cases related to rape or sexual assaults.
MODULE 21 – ARSON & EXPLOSIVE
This module familiarized the student with the detailed knowledge of intentional fire i.e. arson and explosives. The entire module deal with the identification and causes of occurrence of these incident and the presence of their evidence. The explosives covers the investigation of bombing scene of both pre and post scene investigation. This module also cover the improvised explosive devices and their forensic examination.
ONLINE EXAMINATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS
The mode of examination will be online for the students enrolled in online courses. After the completion of the respective course duration, you will be notified with your exam date and other required details. You are supposed to access your examination portal on the allotted date and time for giving your exam. Concerned authorities will assist you, if you face any kind of problem during your exam.
TYPES OF QUESTIONS
You will have combination of Multiple Choice Questions, in the form of multiple option and True & False.
The complete correction and evaluation takes about two weeks. After the evaluation process is finally done, the mark sheets and certificates are posted on to the given postal address by address confirmation. Therefore, the students are always requested to mention their correct and complete address on their application form, in order to avoid further confusion and disappointment.
Note: Every student must check their email for examination notifications and other updates. Also you are supposed to update your recent postal address and other relevant details.
SIFS INDIA, provides online education for Certificate, Diploma, and PG Diploma courses in the Forensic Science discipline. The Forensic Science programmes are appropriate for all students of any discipline. The course is ideal for those who, whim to secure a stand-alone certification in Forensic Science and whose first degree is in an unrelated field. We aims to provide a thorough education in Forensic Science from a variety of perspectives with multiple dimensions.
After completion of the enrollment processes, a username and password would be generate and provide you through email to access e-books and study materials allied to your programme code within five working days.
COMPLETE LEARNING OF STATEMENT (LOS)
In online education, lectures might be conducted online via Learning Management System (LMS) and instant chatting or messaging. Some course have ‘virtual’ classes; where the enrolled students participate through webcams sources. Through your unique username and password, students can access their profile, study materials, instructor guidance, assignments, quizzes, examination, scores, and so on.
MAKE IMPORTANT BOOKMARK FOR FUTURE ACCESS
In Every LOS, we are constantly reviewing the latest study materials being the very finest course material now available for your programme code. We provides the modified technology inside the portal likewise; the bookmark option to build a specified learning process. Bookmark is also an advantageous for future access. Your learning methods would be helpful to choose objectives. Bookmark giving you the chance to study exactly; what you need in directive to improvement.
MAKE YOUR OWN NOTES
Go Paperless! Online database are much easier than searching through paper files. LOS giving you the note preparation option at the time of study. It would be great method to create and deploy your own written notes for future admittance.
TAKE MULTIPLE QUIZZES FOR PRACTICE EXAM
LMS is the best virtual learning systems; to use their own login portal. Multiple quizzes are the most of the latest questions and updates related to the LOS. It would be flexible to practice for examination preparation.
INTERACT WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR FOR YOUR QUERIES
Online learning system also provides a forum for discussion with instructor, where you can post and quickly ask your quarries, enhance and collaborate your learning experiences. It would be hard to mature a relationship with your online instructor, you may never meet, but it is worth the exertion to keep communicating and contacting through the online support system.
The assignment submission process diverges depending upon the course you enrolled. Assignment is definitely the indispensable thing in order to complete your programme. It comprises 5 questions with 1000 word limit. Assignment carries a 100% weightage for evaluation of examination. Some key instructions to get good grade in your assignment such as-
1. Read the study materials in depth from portal LOS.
2. Understand the assignment questions and keep within the word limit.
3. Write the assignments yourself which should be plagiarism free.
4. Complete the assignments in given duration and submit after date you will not able to access the assignment.
5. Write your answers in the appropriate format and add the references at the end of your assignment etc.
Online examination system is designed to offer you with an education wherever you are. There are a wide range multiple options. After the completion of the respective course duration, you would have access to your examination portal on the allotted date and time. In LMS examination procedure, you will allocated for examination in a particular time, so that you must give your examination in allocated date and time on your online examination portal.
1. You must have to complete your examination in given time period accordingly to your course instructor. You cannot attempt your examination twice.
2. If you are not able to attempt your examination, you must to inform your instructor prior the time period and give specific reason to conduct re-schedule examination date*.