MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
This course module will familiarize you with the fundamentals, history, basic principles, and significance of forensic science. You will also learn about institutional structures, government and private laboratories, and the role and uses of forensic science in the criminal justice system. It also includes the chain of custody, i.e., the collection, preservation, inspection, evaluation, and report writing of evidence found at the crime scene. This field includes various sub-fields. The first section introduces you to the diversity of forensic science in its legal context.
MODULE 2 – CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT
The first part of the crime scene investigation and management module will introduce you to the definition and types of crime, the role of the crime scene investigator, the importance of Locard’s Exchange Principle, and types of crime scenes, such as indoor and outdoor crime scenes. The other section of this module will discuss the different types of evidence, such as fragile or transient evidence and solid or tangible evidence. In this module, you will also learn about different 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 the modern methodology of investigation and searching methods for physical evidence, including its definition, types, and significance. The topic will include the collection, preservation, packaging, and forwarding of different types of evidence to the laboratories and their outcomes. This course is designed to introduce the student to multiple real-life 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 equipped with the nature of fingerprints at the scene of the crime, which may be latent, visible, or plastic in nature. Fingerprints are classified into several classifications, such as the Henry System/Ten Digit Classification, which will be elaborated on 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 areas of society has provided criminals with 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 on. Therefore, this course will provide the students with a platform to have a close look at the types of common cyber crimes and the techniques to cope with them by strengthening one’s social security.