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Criminalistics Diploma

Level 3 / NCFE Certificate / PI482

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The Criminalistics Diploma is an ideal course for an individual looking to gain more information on this distinct discipline that operates along with other disciplines under the umbrella of forensic science.

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course duration: 200 hrs

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Course Description

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.

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available when purchasing your course, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.

Modules

Module 1: The Crime Scene
Module 2: Biological Trace Evidence
Module 3: Fingerprints
Module 4: Trace Evidence
Module 5: Entomological Evidence
Module 6: The Fire Scene
Module 7: The Explosives Scene
Module 8: Ballistics
Module 9: Psychology and the Crime Scene
Module 10: Revision and Consolidation

Previous Knowledge

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.

Assessment

The Criminalistics Diploma course is assessed by a series of activity questions, all which require submission to your allocated tutor for marking and feedback.

Awarding Organisation

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.

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.

course description

Course Description

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.

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available when purchasing your course, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

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.

assessment

Assessment

The Criminalistics Diploma course is assessed by a series of activity questions, all which require submission to your allocated tutor for marking and feedback.

support

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.

modules

Modules

Module 1: The Crime Scene
Module 2: Biological Trace Evidence
Module 3: Fingerprints
Module 4: Trace Evidence
Module 5: Entomological Evidence
Module 6: The Fire Scene
Module 7: The Explosives Scene
Module 8: Ballistics
Module 9: Psychology and the Crime Scene
Module 10: Revision and Consolidation
awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

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.

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    Will definitely be studying with NCC again!

    I've just completed the Criminalistics Diploma and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I've studied with NCC before and as usual they didn't disappoint.

    The course itself was very interesting, with modules ranging from fingerprinting and ballistics to crime scene psychology, so there's a good variation across the ten modules. Not only this, but there's some practical experiments involved in some of the modules which I found very exciting to undertake, along with the written assignments. I have a long-standing interest in criminology and found the modules in-depth and covered a lot of useful and relevant information.

    The course materials were excellent and very easy to following, such as the layout in the assessment saying precisely what is required to achieve a pass for that specific module, along with the activity questions.

    I love the home learning courses, as there's so many to choose from and no prior knowledge is needed for the actual subject, plus you can work at your own pace.

    The feedback from my tutor (Philip Boyce) was also excellent and very encouraging and supportive. Thanks also to Shaun Connick and Sally Swift for replying to my e-mails so quickly!

    So, another great one from NCC - and I will definitely be studying with you again!
    By on 22 February 2016
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