Criminalistics is the forensic science of analysing and interpreting evidence using the natural sciences. Forensic science pertains to all sciences applied to legal problems. Criminalists use the science of criminalistics to solve crimes. They examine and identify physical evidence to reconstruct a crime scene. Physical evidence may be anything: evidence so small that a microscope is needed to see it, or as large as a truck. It may be as subtle as a whiff of a flammable gas at an arson scene or as obvious as a pool of blood at a murder scene. The enormous range of material challenges the ingenuity of the criminalist who examines and identifies hair, fibres, blood, seminal and body fluid stains, alcohol, drugs, paint, glass, botanicals, soil, flammables, and safe insulating material; restores smeared or smudged markings; and identifies firearms and compares bullets, tool markings and footprints. Criminalists use this physical evidence to provide a link between a suspect and the victim. The transfer of clothing fibres or hair fibres between a suspect and the victim can provide just such a link. Fingerprints, bullets, and shoe impressions are other important links.
It is not possible for a single person to become proficient in the examination and analysis of all types of physical evidence. Increasingly, criminalists and other workers in forensic science laboratories are specialising in the examination of one or a few types of physical evidence. For example, forensic biologists analyse the biological or genetic properties of evidence, trace evidence analysts identify material that is transferred between two objects and determine its origin, and firearms and tool mark experts examine firearms, ammunition components, and tools and marks left by them.
Although not, strictly speaking, a component of criminalistics, a module on psychological evidence has been included in this course because the input for the discipline of forensic psychology is heavily dependent on the output of criminalistics.
At the beginning of each module is detailed guidance of the evidence against which the students’ work will be assessed. It is essential that the students make constant reference to this guidance as they progress through each module.
The final module is a reference and data file. It is possible for the student to obtain a bare pass in the course using only the course material and the material contained in the reference and data file. This file also points the student to further reading and websites which will assist in further research and allow the student to evidence independent enquiry and creative thinking, thereby securing a more creditable pass.
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Previous Knowledge Required
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Criminalistics Diploma course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about this subject and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Criminalistics Diploma course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Criminalistics Diploma course. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during your Criminalistics Diploma course. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.
The Criminalistics Diploma course is assessed by a series of activity questions, all which require submission to your allocated tutor for marking and feedback.
This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.