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Forensic Science And Psychological Profiling

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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 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Psychological Profiling

    • Evaluate historical criminal cases and the value of psychological profiling on investigative efforts and the judicial process.
    • Determine what information is required to develop a psychological profile.
    • Explain the significance of modus operandi and signatures on the development of a psychological profile.

    Science, Technology, and the Courts

    • Explain the value of the behavioral sciences to a criminal investigation.
    • Identify the requirements necessary to obtain expert witness designation and the acceptance of expert witness testimony.
    • Evaluate court rules regarding the acceptance of evidence and testimony related to the behavioral sciences in judicial proceedings
    • Identify the areas of forensic science and psychological profiling that may be vulnerable to challenge in judicial proceedings.
    • Discuss Supreme Court decisions regarding forensic science and psychological profiling.

    Case Studies in Psychological Profiling

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

    Overview of Forensic Science

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

    Principles of Scientific Methodology

    • Examine the objectives of the natural and social sciences.
    • Discuss the importance of critical thinking skills as it relates to the empirical process and criminal investigations.
    • Compare different types of evidence and evaluate their level of acceptance in a judicial setting.
    • Evaluate the research process from hypothesis testing to analysis of results.

    Policies and Procedures for Forensic Science and Technology

    • Evaluate the importance of written documentation in reference to evidence collection and analysis.
    • Explain the functions of crime laboratory instruments.
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