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FSP 505: Forensics Anthropology

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March Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th March 2024

The Forensics Anthropology Online Course by SIFS India is carefully crafted to equip you with the skills to use anthropological findings for forensic investigations.

You will learn how to examine skeletal remains to determine the age, sex, ancestry, cause of death, and decode the story behind each piece of bone evidence.

Upon enrollment, you will receive access to pre-recorded sessions delivered by expert mentors, letting you unfold the secrets of human identity and history from skeletal remains.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: branches and significance of forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology principles, classification of human bones and joints, bone identification, measuring instruments, somatometric techniques, osteometry, craniometric measurements, identification of the living and dead, ancestry estimation principles, burial classification, burial scene investigation, lab setting, and reporting techniques.

So enroll now to gain the skills to become a forensic anthropologist, making a significant impact during criminal investigations and mass disaster victim identification.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course will equip you with skills to master skeletal analysis techniques, human identification methods, and disaster victim identification. You can work with law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations working for humanitarian upliftment, or private forensic labs to provide justice to families and communities.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this course, you will gain expertise to analyze skeletal remains, identify individuals, and contribute to forensic investigations. You will have a solid understanding of the principles of forensic anthropology and the legal and ethical aspects of working with human remains.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with practical insights about forensic anthropology tools and skeletal analysis techniques

- Experienced instructors with backgrounds in forensic anthropology and human identification

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Community of forensic anthropologists and experts

- Networking opportunities for better job prospects

  • Level I : Forensics Anthropology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

    This module provides an overview of forensic anthropology, including its historical evolution, role and scope within legal contexts, specialized domains within this discipline, anthropological techniques like skeletal analysis, and significance in resolving complex forensic cases.

    MODULE 2 – SOMATOSCOPY

    This module covers the tools and techniques employed in forensic anthropological measurement and somatoscopy observations, including the technique of portrait parlé, where facial features aid in identification. The module then explores the examination of various other body parts like body posture, neck, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, hands, fingers, fingernails, feet, toes, and toenails.

    MODULE 3 – SOMATOMETRY

    In this module, you will learn about the anthropometric measurement technique, somatometry, focusing on the identification of landmarks crucial for precise measurements. The module covers a detailed know-how of somatometric measurements, including height, frontal trunk, upper and lower extremities, girth, skin fold, and head measurements, each providing valuable data for forensic analysis. The role of indices in assessing proportions and relationships between different body dimensions is also discussed.

    MODULE 4 – OSTEOMETRY

    This module introduces you to osteometry, a technique used for forensic anthropological measurement. It covers various methods of measurement, including skeletal elements such as the sternum, ribs, vertebrae, clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, ulna, hand, pelvis, sacrum, hip bone, femur, patella, tibia, fibula, and foot.

    MODULE 5 – CRANIOMETRY

    This module explores the role of craniometric measurement in forensic anthropology and outlines craniometric landmarks and measurement techniques. It includes neurocranium (length, breadth, height, and circumference measurement), planchonocranium (length, breadth, and height measurement), skull as a whole (measurement of orbit, nasal region, upper jaw and pallate, lower jaw and mandible, angles, volume, and weight), indices, and craniographic techniques (sagittal, frontal, and horizontal curves, and craniographic measurement).

  • Level II : Forensics Anthropology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

    This module provides an overview of forensic anthropology, including its historical evolution, role and scope within legal contexts, specialized domains within this discipline, anthropological techniques like skeletal analysis, and significance in resolving complex forensic cases.

    MODULE 2 – HUMAN OSTEOLOGY

    This module focuses on human osteology, its history, principles, the classification of human bones and joints, bone composition, bone structure (gross and microscopy anatomy), bone growth, development, orientation, and anatomical terminology. You will also learn about the function of bones, methods of bone identification (axial and appendicular skeletons), the role of bones in identification and individualization, and the forensic significance of bones in solving legal cases through the meticulous analysis of skeletal remains.

    MODULE 3 – SOMATOSCOPY

    This module covers the tools and techniques employed in forensic anthropological measurement and somatoscopy observations, including the technique of portrait parlé, where facial features aid in identification. The module then explores the examination of various other body parts like body posture, neck, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, hands, fingers, fingernails, feet, toes, and toenails.

    MODULE 4 – SOMATOMETRY

    In this module, you will learn about the anthropometric measurement technique, somatometry, focusing on the identification of landmarks crucial for precise measurements. The module covers a detailed know-how of somatometric measurements, including height, frontal trunk, upper and lower extremities, girth, skin fold, and head measurements, each providing valuable data for forensic analysis. The role of indices in assessing proportions and relationships between different body dimensions is also discussed.

    MODULE 5 – OSTEOMETRY

    This module introduces you to osteometry, a technique used for forensic anthropological measurement. It covers various methods of measurement, including skeletal elements such as the sternum, ribs, vertebrae, clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, ulna, hand, pelvis, sacrum, hip bone, femur, patella, tibia, fibula, and foot.

    MODULE 6 – CRANIOMETRY

    This module explores the role of craniometric measurement in forensic anthropology and outlines craniometric landmarks and measurement techniques. It includes neurocranium (length, breadth, height, and circumference measurement), planchonocranium (length, breadth, and height measurement), skull as a whole (measurement of orbit, nasal region, upper jaw and pallate, lower jaw and mandible, angles, volume, and weight), indices, and craniographic techniques (sagittal, frontal, and horizontal curves, and craniographic measurement).

    MODULE 7 – INDIVIDUALIZATION THROUGH BONES

    In this module, you will learn about the medico-legal importance of identity and the role of forensic anthropology in identifying both the living and the deceased. The module explores the methods of identifying the dead covering aspects, such as determining origin (human or non-human) and sex determination (general appearance, skull, mandible, pelvis, sacrum, sternum, ribs, thoracic bones, vertebral column, femur, and scapula).

    The concept of age estimation, including feotus, teeth, and bones (ossification center and suture), and the medico-legal significance of determining age within a forensic context along with race, stature, and facial reconstruction are also covered.

  • Level III : Forensics Anthropology

    MODULE 1 - FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

    This module provides an overview of forensic anthropology, including its historical evolution, role and scope within legal contexts, specialized domains within this discipline, anthropological techniques like skeletal analysis, and significance in resolving complex forensic cases.

    MODULE 2 - FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND SCENE PROCESSING METHOD

    In this module, you will learn about the historical development of forensic archaeology and the principles of forensic archaeology, focusing on the systematic approach to searching, recording, and applying archaeological theory and methods. The module also covers recovery methods, the importance of scene documentation, and the meticulous collection and packaging of evidence.

    MODULE 3 - HUMAN OSTEOLOGY

    This module focuses on human osteology, its history, principles, the classification of human bones and joints, bone composition, bone structure (gross and microscopy anatomy), bone growth, development, orientation, and anatomical terminology. You will also learn about the function of bones, methods of bone identification (axial and appendicular skeletons), the role of bones in identification and individualization, and the forensic significance of bones in solving legal cases through the meticulous analysis of skeletal remains.

    MODULE 4 - SOMATOSCOPY

    This module covers the tools and techniques employed in forensic anthropological measurement and somatoscopy observations, including the technique of portrait parlé, where facial features aid in identification. The module then explores the examination of various other body parts like body posture, neck, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, hands, fingers, fingernails, feet, toes, and toenails.

    MODULE 5 - SOMATOMETRY

    In this module, you will learn about the anthropometric measurement technique, somatometry, focusing on the identification of landmarks crucial for precise measurements. The module covers a detailed know-how of somatometric measurements, including height, frontal trunk, upper and lower extremities, girth, skin fold, and head measurements, each providing valuable data for forensic analysis. The role of indices in assessing proportions and relationships between different body dimensions is also discussed.

    MODULE 6 - OSTEOMETRY

    This module introduces you to osteometry, a technique used for forensic anthropological measurement. It covers various methods of measurement, including skeletal elements such as the sternum, ribs, vertebrae, clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, ulna, hand, pelvis, sacrum, hip bone, femur, patella, tibia, fibula, and foot.

    MODULE 7 - CRANIOMETRY

    This module explores the role of craniometric measurement in forensic anthropology and outlines craniometric landmarks and measurement techniques. It includes neurocranium (length, breadth, height, and circumference measurement), planchonocranium (length, breadth, and height measurement), skull as a whole (measurement of orbit, nasal region, upper jaw and pallate, lower jaw and mandible, angles, volume, and weight), indices, and craniographic techniques (sagittal, frontal, and horizontal curves, and craniographic measurement).

    MODULE 8 - INDIVIDUALIZATION THROUGH BONES

    In this module, you will learn about the medico-legal importance of identity and the role of forensic anthropology in identifying both the living and the deceased. The module explores the methods of identifying the dead covering aspects, such as determining origin (human or non-human) and sex determination (general appearance, skull, mandible, pelvis, sacrum, sternum, ribs, thoracic bones, vertebral column, femur, and scapula).

    The concept of age estimation, including feotus, teeth, and bones (ossification center and suture), and the medico-legal significance of determining age within a forensic context along with race, stature, and facial reconstruction are also covered.

    MODULE 9 - ESTIMATION OF ANCESTARY

    This module covers the principles and methodologies of forensic anthropology, with a focus on:

    Morphoscopic (non-metric) involves the visual assessment of skeletal features.

    Craniometric analysis involves precise measurements of the skull, thereby providing quantitative data for forensic examinations.

    Post-cranial methods include the analysis of skeletal elements apart from the skull to assist in understanding individual characteristics.

    These techniques help in in-depth analysis for the identification and profiling of individuals in medico-legal contexts.

    MODULE 10 - FIELDS METHODS

    This module provides an overview of the forensic anthropology process, the importance of preplanning for fieldwork, the significance of ante-mortem information, the need for meticulous preparation before excavation and disinterment (exposure, processing, and recording of archeological remains), burial location and scene investigation, burial classification, and the procedures of excavation and exhumation.

    You will then learn about post-mortem interval and forensic taphonomy, covering immediate post-mortem changes and the process of decomposition, along with the need for quality checks for fieldwork to ensure the precision and reliability of forensic anthropology investigations in legal contexts.

    MODULE 11 - LAB PROCEDURE AND REPORTING

    In this module, you will learn about the setting, preparation, and restoration processes in forensic anthropology, the distinctions and approaches in handling archaeological bone, forensic bone, and fossilized bone, restoration and preservation of skeletal remains, metric acquisition and analysis using traditional osteometric tools for precise measurements during forensic investigations, and the analysis of skeletal remains in legal investigations.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this online course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

  • How do I login to the portal for my online course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

A Mass Shooting in a Small Texas Town

In November 2017, people inside a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, were attacked by a man in black attire who fired blindly at them.

As per the New York Times article, 26 people were killed and about 20 were wounded. It was considered one of the most horrific mass shootings in the history of Texas, and the victims fell in the age range of 5 to 72.

District 1 Fire and Rescue (Wilson County's emergency services system member) and its volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) partner were initially contacted for a potential shooting but were later updated to a mass shooting.

Also, all the emergency service providers in the country were contacted to assist. It was a result of working in collaboration with all teams that District 1 Fire and Rescue efficiently countered the community demand following the disaster.


Hot Air Balloon Crash in Caldwell County, Texas

In July 2016, in rural Maxwell, Texas, a tragic mass fatality event took place due to a hot air balloon crash that killed on-board 16 people along with the captain.

The entire scene was in flames upon the arrival of the first responders.

An all-hazards response was conducted by the Caldwell County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with external private investigating agencies for incident scene management and recovering the remains of the victims.

This event brought into focus the need to pay special attention to the mental health needs of the first responders and the victims' families.

Aiswarya Sethumadhavan

5

The course was really helpful for my academics and it increased my knowledge. It was my best decision to go for the course. Kudos to team at SIFS. 

Ankur Bhargava

4

SIFS has numerous courses, each good at its own. I opted for this and loved the staff and material provided. 

Sonal Saigal

5

This was my first online course and I am not at all disappointed. Invested well and got all the return for it in form of knowledge. Thankyou SIFS. 

Gaurav Shivaji Nikam

5

This was an amazing course. Really a very good experience and this built my basics as I have completed my first year now this was really a great experience.

Bhavyashree Guttula

5

It was a great experience to do course from SIFS. Though it was virtual, knowledge shared was good and well clear. Best part of course was to solve the assignments...really enjoyed them a lot. Course content got well covered and also demonstrated the concept very well. Thanks for such an informative, valuable experiences.

 

Instructors

Deepika Kakkar

Deepika Kakkar

Forensic Instructor
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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