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 of module 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 and their outcomes. This course is designed to instruct you to the multiple real case studies.
Module-4 Investigation techniques
The course 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-5 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-6 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-7 Cyber Forensics
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-8 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-9 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-10 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-11 Forensic Toxicology
This course 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-12 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-13 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-14 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-15 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-16 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-17 Forensic Odontology
This module is 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.
The evaluation process varies depending upon the course you enroll for, likewise: if you are enrolled for Certification, you will be allotted an assignment during the mid-session of the course, which you are deemed to complete within the month. Similar process is followed in Diploma. But in PG Diploma, after the completion of the assignment during the mid-sessions; a Project-work is assigned during the last quarter, which you have to complete in a month’s time.
The mode of examination will be online for the students enrolled either in online courses or in distance course. After the completion of the respective course duration, a username and password would be generated for all the enlisted students. The username and the password would be mailed to every student prior to the date allotted for the examination to be held, and accordingly they would be requested by the concerned authorities to check their mails, so that they could use the specified details in order to give their exams on our online examination portal on the allocated date and time.
Note: Every student will be given a username and password a month before the conducting of the exams for the demo-exams, so that they get to know every detail concerned with the online examination pattern.
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 postal address of every student, but only after verifying their postal addresses as mentioned on the submitted application forms. 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.
Training is a decisive part to get a practical and professional knowledge. SIFS India provides an affluence training of Forensic Science. Training schedule is arranged to provide a sympathetic knowledge of Forensic Science practices, principles, case studies and so on.
This collaborative training session is designed for online and distance students. The practical training module is divided into seven modules such as-
Module-1: Crime Scene Investigation-
The training session related to Crime Scene Investigation would make the students understand the processing of different crime scene in a different pattern. The students would be guided on a practical activity, as how to manage the specific crime scene, search the evidences, pack the evidences on the basis of their nature and secure the crime scene.
The Training session provides an Introduction to fingerprint, history, classification of fingerprint, development, roll and flat method, development of latent fingerprint through powder and chemical method, comparison of fingerprint and report writing. Lifting of other impressions like lip print, footprint and skid marks would also be a part of this module.
Module-3: Questioned Document Examination-
In this module, you will be familiarized with the detection of forgery. In a practical aspect, you will complete this module with the detection of forgery (tracing-carbon paper, butter paper, window tracing, glass tracing etc.), comparison between questioned and specimen document, examination of the photocopied document, verification of signature and handwriting, examination of counterfeit currency, practice on real cases and the process of questioned document inspection.
Module-4: Cyber Forensic-
In the practical sessions offered for Cyber Forensic, the students will be made aware of various cyber threats, their legal aspects. They will also be taught about the loop-holes that may create vulnerability for one’s social security.
Module-5: Forensic Anthropology-
In Forensic Anthropology, you will be introduced with the introduction, identification of bones, examination of bones, evidence collection, difference between human and animal bones, case studies etc.
Module-6: Forensic Medicine-
In the practical session offered for Forensic Medicine, the students will be taken for the autopsy visit and they will be asked to present a report on the visit. The students there will be taught about the forensic importance of wounds and injuries, their medico-legal aspects, and the utility of autopsy in criminal investigation and legal proceedings.
Module-7: Private Investigation-
The Private Investigator would acquaint the students with real cases and the techniques required to be an Investigator.
DURATION OF TRAINING
The duration scheduled for the training is one month during the summer vacations.
ADVANTAGES OF TRAINING
>> The training session specially focusses to bring together online and distance students to enhance their knowledge.
>> Training will provide you the practical knowledge and opportunities to investigate the legal cases.
>> The training session of the course FSP 101 Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation course familiarize you to brief knowledge of course in classroom assembly.
>> Online and distance students attend to plenary training session and case studies, and learn more about Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation.
FEE FOR TRAINING
The training would be payable for online and distance learning students. But they already being enrolled as students, therefore they can avail an add-on advantage of earning 15% scholarship on their respective course fee.
After the successful completion of one month training, a valedictory function is organized on the last day where students are distributed the certificate and a farewell treat is arranged for the students from the Organization
Outline towards Forensic Science career paths
Now a days Forensic Science stands in a very broad manner with multiple sub-fields. In facets of crimes and its scenario, Forensic Expert are of great importance and play a vital role in solving crimes. In Criminal Justice System, Forensic Scientists help in investigation of crime and criminal cases through the legal methods, as reaching out to the conclusions with the help of the evidences.
In the investigation of crime, the fundamental principle is chain of custody. Chain of custody involves every steps in the investigation of crime in order to get hold on to the real culprit, such as visiting to the scene of crime or crime spot, observing the scene of crime in different ways, collection and packaging of evidences and clues, and finally sending all the encountered clues and evidences to their related laboratories for the examination and report writing of the evidence for their proper admissibility in to the court room.
Educational Qualification to set a career in Forensic Science
First level course of the Forensic Science is a Certification Programme. The advantage of this course is, any students can set their career in Forensic Science no matter they belong from any discipline like Science, Commerce or Arts. Forensic courses are also available for the Arts and Science background graduate level students who are interested to start their career from master level programme in the respective investigating science.
For those students, who are opting for their Doctorate degree can choose one of the branches of Forensic Science. Science background students are eligible to do any specialization in Forensic Science in order to establish themselves as Fingerprint Examiner, Questioned Document Examiner, Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Toxicologist, Forensic Medical Examiner, Forensic Entomologist, Forensic Engineer, Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Odontologists etc. For those students who are from Arts background, they can start their career in manifold disciplines such as Elements of Criminology, Criminal Law and Police administration.
In this cyber world and on the basis of day by day increasing internet and computer-related crime, it’s very easy to choose a career for those students who are interested in cyber investigation and thus, this way they can make use of plenteous opportunity in private and government sectors. 10+2 and other students can do various courses such as Certification course, Diploma course and PG Diploma course.
Law students and professional both can do Certification, Diploma Course and P.G. Diploma course offered in Forensic Science.
Sectors in Forensic Science
Job prospects for Forensic Investigators are in Private Sectors, Government Sectors, Law enforcement agencies, Forensic labs; Government and Private Laboratories. Various jobs are offered in the field of Forensic Science for those students who hold ample qualification in the related fields.
Private Investigation is an additional option for those students who are interested in this field and wish to work on a private-basis to manage their own company or agency.
Alternate job besides Criminal Investigation is teaching with abundant opportunity to upheld one’s career by imparting education.
1. What is Forensic Science?
Forensic Science subject is the application of criminal and civil laws that are enforced by Criminal Justice Law. In Forensic Science, several branches are included, which are- Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprinting, Forensic Chemistry, Questioned-Document verification, Cyber-Forensics, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Engineering, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Anthropology, Ballistics, Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology, Forensic Psychology, Wildlife Forensics etc.
2. What is the course content of FSP 101?
The course Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation (FSP101) includes all about introduction to Forensic Science and its several branches. Course will introduce you to interactive training session and practicals on specific branches such as Fingerprint, Questioned Document, Cyber Forensics, Crime Scene Investigation, and Forensic Anthropology with expertise on real court cases.
For more details click on- http://www.sifs.in/prospectus/FSP-101-forensic-science-criminal-investigation-prospectus.pdf
3. What is the course duration of Certificate, Diploma and PG Diploma courses?
All online and distance courses are divided into three certifications i.e. Certificate course for three months, Diploma course for six months and PG Diploma for one year.
4. What qualification is required to be eligible for the above-mentioned courses?
If you are looking for Certificate and Diploma courses, you must have completed your 10+2 or appearing in any discipline from Recognized Board/ School and for PG Diploma course, graduation will be required. In the admission process, self-attested mark-sheets and certificates of the previous school/college and transfer certificate along with 2 passport size photographs will be required from the student.
5. Where can I register for distance or online education courses?
We provide online application form for all online or distance students. To download application, form click on- http://www.sifs.in/application-form.pdf
6. When will I receive my study materials, books etc.?
After the completion of your admission process and payment of fee, the students enrolled for online courses will receive a username and password to access e-library within 7-10 working days through mail on their mail id which is mentioned on the application form; whereas distance education students will receive hardcopy of related course materials on the mentioned address by courier or post within 15 working days.
7. What about exams and course credits?
In the last month of your course, we will conduct your online exam. All details regarding your exam will sent to you on the mail id provided by you and the course credits differs according to course code and divided into assignment, project and exam.
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8. How do I get my certificate/mark-sheet, when I have completed my exams?
You will receive your mark-sheet and certificate within a month on your mentioned address by courier or post.
9. What is the difference between online and distance education? Which is the best mode of education?
Both modes of education are good. The only difference between online and distance education is distance education students will get hardcopy material related to their course code, and so the distance learning students will pay Rs. 1000 more as compared to online education students. An extra amount is charged for distance learning students, as the postal charges are included in the course fee.
10. Where do I find out what courses are being offered distance or online?
We provide all informations on the website- www.sifs.in
11. Although my degree is in an unrelated field of study, I have taken quite a few science courses. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. You are eligible for this Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation course (FSP 101), if you have completed or if you are pursuing your 10+2 or graduation in any discipline from a Recognized Board/ School/ College.
12. What is the scope and career of forensic education and related courses?
Forensic Science offers a wide range of opportunity to the students aspiring to make their careers as Forensic Scientists and Investigators. With a sense of keen observation and the ability of seeing the unseen are a few traits that would promise the aspiring students to make a colorful career in the wonderful arena of Forensic.
13. Should I pay any extra fee for examination, study materials etc.?
No. Your course fee includes Study materials, Books, Notes, I-Card, Examination Fee. You are not required to pay any extra amount, but in some cases- additional taxes / fees may apply. If you are living out of India and interested in printed notes and books, then you have to pay shipping/postal charges extra. Summer training and practical sessions will be payable for online and distance students with 15% scholarship.
14. What will I get after joining distance course?
You will get User-id and password to access e-library within 7-10 working days. Study materials, notes and books related to your course and id-card will be sent on the address mentioned by you, either by courier or post within 15 working days.
15. How can I pay my course fee by credit card in USD?
Indian Students may use Universal Currency Converter from http://www.xe.com/ucc/ to pay fee in other currencies, or International students visit this link- http://www.sifs.in/onlinefee.php to check out the fee structure. You can pay your course fee from here- http://www.sifs.org.in/payment (Students enrolled for courses having course duration more than 6 months can pay their Course Fee in maximum two instalments, but Rs. 2000 will be charged extra.)
16. Why is training important?
Training is a vital part of online and distance students. It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to place theories into practicals. It is also very helpful to develop their skills that support professional life by preparing and encouraging them to apply their abilities and knowledge acquired through study in a work later on. So, even before the students completed their course they are trained to be job-ready, therefore increasing the student’s employment prospects.
17. What is the best route to prepare for a career as a forensic scientist?
SIFS INIDA provides professional course Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation (FSP 101) to acquire knowledge from the basics. The course interest attribute to up showing television shows focused on law enforcement and forensics. Subject offers the opportunity to grow your career in many sub disciples.
18. I am interested in a career in this field. Where do I start?
In order to initiate a career into this field, you should have a zeal and urge to unveil the veiled. A certificate, diploma and PG diploma course would help you groom your knowledge theoretically as well as practically, thereby ensuring a safe and secure career.
19. Where will I work?
You may avail opportunities as a Forensic Examiner in Central as well as various State Government Labs. You can also practice as a Private Forensic Fingerprint & Questioned Document Examiner and present yourself in any Indian Court of Law as an Expert Witness under Section 45 of Indian Evidence Act.
20. What are the other specialized forensic science careers outside the crime laboratory?
Other than working in the Crime Laboratory, you can also be appointed as a Crime Scene Investigator in Police Stations or you can also be appointed as an Investigator for the Mobile Forensic Laboratory.
Although serial killer Ted Bundy was responsible for an estimated 30-plus murders, there was little physical evidence to connect him to the crimes when he was arrested in 1975. Two years later, having been convicted only of kidnapping, Bundy was preparing to stand trial for murder in Colorado when he escaped and headed to Florida. There, he killed three more people early in 1978, and when he was finally captured in February of that year, the physical evidence in those cases led to his conviction. Most crucial was the matching of a bite mark on the buttock of victim Lisa Levy to the Bundy’s distinctive, crooked and chipped teeth. He was convicted also of the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach based on fibers found in his van that matched the girl’s clothing. Bundy was put to death in 1989.
The Lindbergh Kidnapping
On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of the famous aviator, was kidnapped, and although a ransom of $50,000 was paid, the child was never returned. His body was discovered in May just a few miles from his home. Tracking the circulation of the bills used in the ransom payment, authorities were led to Bruno Hauptmann, who was found with over $14,000 of the money in his garage. While Hauptmann claimed that the money belonged to a friend, key testimony from handwriting analysts matched his writing to that on the ransom notes. Additional forensic research connected the wood in Hauptmann’s attic to the wood used in the make-shift ladder that the kidnappers built to reach the child’s bedroom window. Hauptmann was convicted and executed in 1936.
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