Forensic Science


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 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 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>
  • For more details on the suitability of this course click here>
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Topics covered in this 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 by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.  The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
  • 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.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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