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Certificate in Forensic Science

Course Type: Distance Learning
Institute Name: College of Management and IT (CMIT)
Fee: on request
Duration: 6 Months
Course Locations: *Nationwide*
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

Course Details

The aim of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to crime detection and examines in detail a range of techniques used for scientific evaluation of evidence. Forensic Science means any science which is used as evidence in a court of law.  It is also taken to mean scientific analysis and comparison used in the detection and investigation of crime. The course covers the following topics: (1) scientific disciplines, (2) crime scene investigation, (3) computer based electronic evidence, (4) crime scene equipment, (5) analysis of crime scenes, and (6) evidence presentation.

Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to feel isolated during your studies.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24x7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.


Topics Covered in this Course



Unit 1: Introduction to Forensic Science




Unit 2: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

Role of CSI

Crime Scene Preservation


Recognition and Recovery of Evidence

Transportation and Storage of Evidence

Chain of Custody

Health and Safety and Crime Scenes

Unit 3: Investigation of Computer Evidence

Digital Evidence

Common types of devices

Recovery of Digital Evidence

Transportation of Digital Evidence

Written records

Principles of gathering Digital Evidence

Unit 4: Crime Scene Equipment

General Equipment

Optional Equipment

Specialised Equipment

Unit 5: Analysis of Crime Scene Evidence

DNA Analysis

Body Fluid Analysis

Bloodstain pattern analysis


Physical impression and imprints analysis

Trace Evidence

Arson analysis

Explosives analysis

Ballistics analysis

Drug analysis

Document analysis

Digital equipment analysis

Unit 6: Presentation of Evidence

Presenting Findings

Written and oral skills

Computing Skills


Who should complete this course?

People considering commencing a career in Forensic Science.

Those who work in related areas such as law, law enforcement or private investigation.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites




This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.


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