Course Introduction

Certificate Course Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

  • Course Outline
  • Curriculum
  • FAQ
  • Case Studies
  • Reviews

The job market today is highly competitive. Having an add-on certification has become necessary to gain a competitive edge beyond their basic degree qualifications.

A large number of candidates compete for the same job position, and hence students and professionals of all age groups understand the importance of acquiring additional certifications to distinguish themselves in the workplace and gain an edge over their competitors.

To meet this demand, Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science (SIFS) India offers a Certificate Course in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation. The course focuses on providing an equal opportunity for learners of all ages and giving them a chance to enhance their current skills.


Course Benefits

Specialized and Focused Knowledge: The understanding of forensic science and criminal investigation will help you carve a career in law enforcement, criminal justice, or related sectors.

Certification Credibility: Getting certified by a reputable institute like SIFS India, along with accreditation from a university, is like showcasing a winning badge to potential employers about your skills and expertise.

Real-World Case Studies: In-depth study of complex cases solved by experts will enhance your problem-solving skills that you can directly apply to your current or future careers.

With this course, you will develop a strong understanding of modern crime trends, investigation techniques, the latest scientific advancements, awareness, and risk management with a view to preventing crime.

The course is perfect for career advancement by increasing your job prospects and earning potential. It not only empowers you to stand out in a crowded job market but also equips you with valuable skills that contribute to personal and professional growth.


Our Academic Partners (Universities and Colleges)

1. Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, University of Delhi, Delhi

2. Holy Cross College, Agartala

  • Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

    MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE

    In this module, you will be introduced to the forensic science domain, including its history, fundamental principles, subfields, and significance during criminal investigations. The concept of institutional structures, government and private laboratories, and the role and uses of this science within a legal context are also covered. The module further explores the importance of maintaining a chain of custody, which includes accurate collection, preservation, inspection, evaluation, and reporting of evidence.

    MODULE 2 – CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT

    This module covers the study of different types of crime scenes, both indoor and outdoor, methods for securing and recording crime scenes, like note-making, sketching, photography, and videography, the role of the first respondent and forensic scientist at the crime scene, and the importance of Locard’s Exchange Principle.

    You will also learn about various types of evidence encountered at the crime scene (physical, chemical, biological, and testimonial), evidence searching methods (spiral search, grid search, strip search, zone search), techniques to collect, preserve, and package evidence, the crime scene reconstruction process, and the presentation methodology of the evidence in the courtroom.

    MODULE 3 – PHYSICAL EVIDENCE COLLECTION AND PRESERVATION

    This module explores the concept of advanced and latest crime scene investigation techniques, types of evidence, searching methods, collection, preservation, and packaging techniques of different types of evidence, and the transferring process of that evidence to the forensic laboratories for further investigation. You will also gain insights about what types of evidence are acceptable in court and related issues forensic experts face during legal proceedings.

    MODULE 4 – FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION

    This module covers the domain of fingerprint identification, including its historical evolution and significance, fundamental principles, types of fingerprint patterns (arch, loop, and whorl), ridge characteristics, and techniques to record fingerprints. The Henry System of Classification, types of fingerprints found at the crime scene (latent, patent, and plastic prints), and methods of fingerprint lifting and development (physical, fuming, and chemical) will also be covered. The module concludes with a basic introduction to other types of impressions that might be found at a crime scene, including foot, shoe, ear, lip, and palm prints.

    MODULE 5 – QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about questioned document examination, including principles of examination, problems associated with handling different types of documents, document and handwriting examination techniques, natural variations in handwriting and factors affecting it, types of signature forgeries, examination of different types of documents (altered, indented, charred, etc.), and ways to decipher secret handwriting. Ways to examine typewritten documents, holographic and allographic documents, counterfeit currency, digital signatures, and anti-money laundering documents will also be covered.

    MODULE 6 – COMPUTER AND CYBER CRIME

    This module introduces you to the world of computer and cyber crime, including their historical evolution, types of cyber crime (phishing, cyberstalking, ransomware, DoS, credit card fraud, identity theft, etc.), cyber crime categories (individual, property, and government), the significance of digital evidence and its types, and steps to be followed while searching for and seizing digital evidence. You will also gain insights about investigative techniques implemented by cyber experts, tools used for evidence analysis and verification, and precautions to take to enhance the chances of evidence admissibility in court.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll for this certificate 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.

  • Who is eligible to enroll in the certificate course?

    12th (of any stream) pass or any graduate student can enroll in the certificate course.

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

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials to your registered email ID once the payment is verified.

  • How do I login to the portal for my certificate 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 mock tests during my course duration?

    Yes, all your practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal. 

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for a certificate course?

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

  • Are there any prerequisites for this certificate course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatAapp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this certificate course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be 1 Hour and 30 minutes.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Will there be any exams after completing this certificate course?

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

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

    Yes, upon successful completion of the certificate course, you will receive a certificate, 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 education@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Walter Marx Case Study

Police arrested Walter Marx for murdering a California woman. This case, titled The People of California v. Marx, took place in 1975. The woman was bitten numerous times. Once the police narrowed down Walter as the prime suspect, the dental impressions of his teeth were created.

Several techniques were used to assess these dental samples and other models, like 2-dimensional comparisons and acetate overlays. 17 identification characteristics matched Marx's teeth, as per expert testimony. He was convicted on the basis of intentional manslaughter.


Beverley Allitt Case Study

Beverley Allitt was a nurse who worked at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital from 1991 to 1993. She was a serial killer, and most of her victims fall in the age range of 11 to 17 years.

She used to inject potassium chloride into the victim’s body, which led to cardiac arrest in them. However, she was suspected of doing such activity after the death of 15-month-old Claire Peck.

The hospital staff was a little suspicious due to the rising cases of cardiac arrests. The reason for their suspicion was that only Allitt had the authority to access all the required drugs at that time.

Upon investigation, she was confirmed as the culprit. She was found to be suffering from a disorder called Manchausen's syndrome by proxy. In this disorder, the patient mostly causes any sort of bodily injury, illness, or even death to another person, especially children.

In 1993, Allitt was convicted of 13 life sentences.

Kanchana Kohombange

5

I am happy to share that the Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation course was extremely informative and engaging. The content was well-structured, and the instructors did an excellent job of presenting complex concepts in an understandable manner. The course also incorporated practical elements, which I found particularly valuable.  The instructors were highly knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields. They were always available to answer questions and provide guidance.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in forensic science or considering a career in this fascinating area of investigation.

Batch 2020

Dr. Manoj Himmatlal Madhwani

5

I'm delighted to announce that the Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation course provided me with a wealth of valuable knowledge and kept me fully engaged throughout. What set this course apart was its inclusion of practical aspects, which I found immensely beneficial. The instructors, who possessed extensive expertise in their respective fields, were consistently accessible for inquiries and offered valuable guidance. 

Batch 2020

Advocate Akula Sai Sudha

5

First of all I thank the whole Team of SIFS for giving me a wonderful opportunity to develop and grow my education in the Forensics science which was a childhood dream to learn. During this lockdown period sitting at home and making the best use of time and growing up in Professional life was really great with this SIFS TEAM. I enjoyed every bit of the time it was really very interesting and also all the teachers made the subject very easy and understandable. My co-students too were very friendly and shared their views on the topics related to our study. The Practical's too were very interesting and I wish we could do some real time cases during the sessions. Fingerprints analysis .... question documents, digital forensics were too much interesting. Crime Scene investigation in whole is an adventure topic. Thank you all so much . Thank Dr. Ranjeet Sir and Afreen Ma'am you were too good all through. I would love to stay connected and also be a part of SIFS TEAM.

Batch 2021

Gokulram R J

5

For me all along I studied offline (class room session), picking up from webinar was difficult but, the way SIFS team handled the session was amazing and made it easy for me to understand to a large extend, the study material supplemented to this. Interactive session with attendees from other countries was an added advantage. 

Batch 2021

Nosakhare Joseph IMARIABE

5

The lectures both theory & practical respectively during the period under review is esteem super. The Institute management team, & resource persons alike are experts and Professionals in their areas of interest, & have good human relations with students. I enjoyed the cooperation amongst students from various Countries.

Batch 2021

Deepali Satyajeet Verma

5

I really enjoyed the online course. It was well planned and layed out, easy for me to follow and as a student it was great and wonderful challenge for me to learn it, which can further develop my knowledge and skills.

Batch 2021

Oniwon, Morolake Oluwatosin

5

The experience was exceptional, with professional tutors. The sessions were highly interactive, and both the assignments and class activities were approached from a perspective of sharing opinions rather than seeking right or wrong answers. This approach provided participants with a great deal of confidence and an opportunity to freely express themselves. 

Batch 2022

 

Instructors

Afreen Tarannum

Afreen Tarannum

Senior Scientific Officer
Ashi Yadav

Ashi Yadav

Scientific Officer
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director
Ruchika Dwivedi

Ruchika Dwivedi

Assitant Professor, JECRC

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