Forensic Science And Psychological Profiling –

cja590

(3 credits)

This course provides the student with a fundamental understanding of forensic science and technology, psychological profiling, and the application of scientific methodologies to the investigative process.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Case Studies in Psychological Profiling

  • Evaluate the role of crime scene reconstruction, wound pattern analysis, and victimology to the development of a psychological profile.
  • Analyze specific criminal cases in terms of the application of the natural and behavioral sciences as they relate to real or hypothetical investigative efforts.

Science, Technology, and the Courts

  • Critique Supreme Court decisions regarding forensic science and psychological profiling.

  • Identify the areas of forensic science and psychological profiling that may be vulnerable to challenge in judicial proceedings.

  • Evaluate court rules regarding evidence collection and analysis, the acceptance of expert witness testimony, and the acceptance of evidence and testimony related to the behavioral sciences in judicial proceedings.

  • Identify the requirements necessary to obtain expert witness designation.

  • Explain the value of the behavioral sciences to a criminal investigation.

Psychological Profiling

  • Evaluate historical criminal cases and the value of psychological profiling as it relates to investigative efforts and to the judicial process.

  • Explain the identification and significance of modus operandi and signatures as they relate to the development of a psychological profile.

  • Evaluate the purpose and application of psychological profiling and determine what information is required to develop a psychological profile.

  • Review the history and development of psychological profiling and the value of the behavioral sciences in criminal investigations.

Policies and Procedures for Forensic Science and Technology

  • Explain the functions of crime laboratory instruments and discuss the significance of laboratory certification and equipment calibration as it relates to the analysis of evidence.

  • Evaluate the importance of written documentation in reference to evidence collection and analysis.

  • Analyze policies and procedures associated with the forensic sciences including development and implementation.

Principles of Scientific Methodology

  • Evaluate the research process from hypothesis testing to analysis of results.

  • Compare different types of evidence and evaluate their level of acceptance in a judicial setting.

  • Discuss the importance of critical thinking skills as it relates to the empirical process and criminal investigations.

  • Examine the objectives of the natural and social sciences.

Overview of Forensic Science

  • Assess evidence collection procedures including the significance of the chain of custody.
  • Discuss the functions of a modern day crime lab and as well as the cost-benefit analysis of the lab depending upon jurisdictional size.
  • Evaluate the education, training, and experience required for forensic scientists.
  • Examine the history, evolution, and contemporary applications of forensic science including its relationship to other scientific disciplines.

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