Forensic Science

Course Details

The aim of this Forensic Science Course is to provide a comprehensive guide to crime detection and examines in detail a range of techniques used for the 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 24×7 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.

Who should complete this Forensic Science 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
  • None.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>
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Topics covered in this Forensic Science Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computing

Unit 2: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

  • Role of CSI
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • Documentation
  • 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
  • Fingerprinting
  • 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
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam for this course.
  • At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards and Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
  • An ABC Awards Level 4 is roughly equivalent to a Level 6 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications but is not an award on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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