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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 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

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

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    Science, Technology, and the Courts

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

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

    • 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.

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

    • Identify the requirements necessary to obtain expert witness designation.

    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.

    Principles of Scientific Methodology

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Policies and Procedures for Forensic Science and Technology

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

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

    • 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.

    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 and 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.

    Psychological Profiling

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

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

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

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

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