MODULE 1 - INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
This module provides a basic overview of forensic science, including its core principles and historical evolution. You will learn about different institutional structures, both within government and private laboratories, the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system, its significance in investigations, and the legal challenges associated with forensic science within the judicial framework.
MODULE 2 - QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION
This module focuses on document examination, questioned document analysis under Section 463 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), handling and preservation of standards and exemplars, and the scientific examination of documents. You will learn about the challenges associated with documents, the importance of photographic evidence in the analysis process, and the skills needed to properly handle the document evidence throughout the investigative process within legal contexts.
MODULE 3 - HANDWRITING
In this module, you will learn about the distinct features that define the individuality of handwriting and set one person's writing apart from another. The module also covers various factors that can influence handwriting, whether naturally evolving over time or intentionally modified.
After this module, you will be equipped with a deep understanding of how to examine factors that contribute to the uniqueness of each person's written expression.
MODULE 4 - HANDWRITING EXAMINATION
This module introduces you to techniques to examine and compare handwriting, focusing on specific abbreviations and their distinctive features like the nature, alignment, arrangement, connections, initial strokes, pen lifts, pen pressure, punctuation, rhythm, shading, size, slope, terminal strokes, tremor, and individual features inherent in handwriting. After this module, you will gain a detailed understanding of how to analyze and compare handwriting samples accurately.
MODULE 5 - IDENTIFICATION OF SIGNATURES AND FORGERIES
This module covers the concepts of signature examination and report writing. You will be introduced to signature identification, genuine signatures, variations, and the critical distinctions between forged, distorted, and disguised signatures. You will also gain insights about forgery caused by transplanting a genuine signature.
This module will equip you with the skills needed to analyze signatures effectively, differentiate between authentic and manipulated signatures, and present your findings in forensic reports within a legal framework.
MODULE 6 - OTHER TYPES OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS AND THEIR EXAMINATION
This module introduces you to the concept of evaluating the editing present in documents. You will gain insights into the nature of alterations, ranging from erasures to overwriting and insertions. You will learn about various types of erasures, the distinctive characteristics associated with each, and the nature of obliteration, contributing to developing skills to evaluate and discern alterations within documents for forensic document examination.
MODULE 7 - SECURITY FEATURES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOCUMENTS
In this module, you will learn about security features embedded in various documents like a PAN card, TAN card, voter ID card, driving license, Aadhar card, passport, stamp and e-stamp paper, bankers cheque, QR code, bar code, and identification features of both Indian and other currencies.
This module will equip you with the knowledge required to identify and verify the security measures incorporated into different documents to establish document authenticity.
MODULE 8 - INTRODUCTION TO FINGERPRINTS
This module explores the basics of fingerprint science, its historical development, foundational theories related to fingerprints, unique characteristics that make fingerprints an invaluable tool in forensic investigations, and their significance in personal identification across various domains.
You will be introduced to the specialized laboratories dedicated to fingerprint investigation, providing an overview of the advanced technologies and methodologies employed in this field.
MODULE 9 - FINGERPRINT CLASSIFICATION
This module focuses on the analysis and procedures involved in fingerprint examination. You will become familiar with single-digit classification (the foundational aspect), the Henry classification system (a structured approach to classifying fingerprints), and the modernization of fingerprint classification through the computerization of ten-digit prints.
This module will equip you with skills to practically utilize these systems and how to incorporate technological advancements in fingerprint examination.
MODULE 10 - TYPES OF FINGERPRINTS
In this module, you will learn about the different types of fingerprints encountered at crime scenes, including chance or latent prints, visible prints, and plastic prints, along with the distinctive characteristics of each type. The module also covers various development methods to identify, collect, and examine each type of print found at the crime scene.
This knowledge will equip you with the skills needed to effectively identify, enhance, and document different types of fingerprints, ensuring a thorough and meticulous approach to forensic investigations.
MODULE 11 - DEVELOPMENT OF LATENT FINGERPRINTS
In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the methods and development of latent (invisible) fingerprints, patterns observed in fingerprints, the unique characteristics of papillary ridges, and various factors influencing the formation of fingerprint patterns.
The module also covers methods used in the comparison of papillary ridge counts, providing you with practical insights about ways to analyze and match fingerprints.
MODULE 12 - RECORDING AND COMPARISON OF FINGERPRINTS
This module explores factors involved in collecting, preserving, and analyzing fingerprints in a forensic context, including collecting fingerprints from both living and deceased individuals, methods for preserving and lifting fingerprints, and the role of photography in recording fingerprints for forensic documentation.
You will also learn about digital transmission methods and the comparison of fingerprints, detailing the basis of comparisons and examining various types of ridge minutiae.