Overview of the study program

  • Forensic investigation is a wide-ranging and compelling subject, drawing principally from scientific methods and practical training within criminal investigation. Covering biological and analytical science, the degree provides an understanding and knowledge of key concepts in relevant law, professional skills, crime scenes and forensic sciences.
  • The program for Forensics and Criminal Investigation is designed to help understand both the theory and practice of forensic disciplines and police work. This program has been specifically designed for young talents who aim to work in the Forensic Sciences field (Criminalistics) and, more generally, as Forensic Investigations Experts.
  • This degree focuses on developing the necessary knowledge and skills required in criminal investigations.
  • This degree qualification comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study.
  • The course is aiming to prepare learners for careers within criminal investigation and forensic science so learners must be prepared to study to a high level and conduct practical forensic investigation.

Mission

  • The program has been designed to provide an in-depth study of Criminal Investigation and Forensics, and develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of Criminal Investigation.
  • The mission of the program is to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to operate as a crime investigator and manager in serious and complex cases, develop critical and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques of crime investigation in serious and complex cases, develop competence in research methods and the presentation of information, develop skills in solving problems both independently and as a team member.
  • As there is no precise methodology, this course will teach students about the important concepts, legal rules, and processes, to understand the principles, theories and concepts in the field of forensics and criminal investigation, planning and possession of practical knowledge and skills from the above sciences.

Objectives

  • This program will allow students to understand the workings of the criminal mind, how crime scenes are investigated and the procedures followed, and collect and analyze evidence from a crime scene. There is a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work to support the learning.
  • The Forensic and Criminal Investigation degree objective is to equip students with a high level of forensic and investigative expertise and policing knowledge.
  • Objectives of program are to receive advanced training in criminal investigations, learn to analyze forensic evidence, preserve crime scenes, collect and process evidence.
  • The program deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic investigation of crime scenes and investigations. Learn about the processes, practices and thinking behind conducting a criminal investigation.
  • There will be emphasis on analyzing and interpreting data in the context to criminal investigations where the focus will be on objectivity. Learners will develop their observational skills and develop fundamental study skills, including crime scene, policing, criminological and psychological skills. Finally, learners will develop their literacy and numeracy skills through analysis and report writing to prepare them for work in the legal field.

Program Description

  • The Bachelor in Forensics and Criminal Investigation provides a unique alternative to traditional forensic and criminal investigation programs. This degree focuses on developing the necessary knowledge and skills required in criminal investigations.
  • The Forensic investigation program contains a mix of subjects that incorporate a range of topics. This is a course ideally suited to anyone aiming to pursue a career with forensic science and criminal investigation. Study areas include forensics, investigative procedures about different types of crime, applications of criminology, forensic psychology, policing, anthropology and scientific techniques, special security training, practical classes, private security, practical scientific procedures and techniques, etc. Students will develop the analytical, evaluative, practical and interpretation skills to progress to university or work within forensic and criminal investigative fields. Program is designed that students will complete an internship with a law enforcement related agency and to have special security trainings.
  • Program is designed in the way that students will learn about managing different categories of witnesses, how to measure their competence to testify, and how to go about the management of a crime scene, taking notes about the scene, protecting the integrity of the scene and the management of interviewing, questioning and interrogating suspects and how each of those processes are different to each other.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply the scientific method to draw conclusions regarding forensic information.
  • Use ethical principles and an understanding of legal precedents to make decisions related to investigation, analysis, and testimony as a crime scene or forensic professional.
  • Access, interpret, and apply investigative, forensic, and criminal justice research.
  • Report and articulate information, analyses, or findings to relevant users.
  • Recognize and evaluate evidence to determine all of the appropriate analyses needed to gather all available forensic information.
  • Synthesize forensic, evidential, and investigatory information from multiple sources to generate theories about a crime.
  • Understand the capabilities, processes, and limitations of the crime laboratory to become an informed consumer or practitioner.
  • Will teach students about the important concepts, legal rules, and processes utilized in criminal investigations.
  • Identify the traits that tend to be found in good investigators.

  • To find and manage the various types of evidence and their categories.

  • Identify how to classify a criminal event as active or inactive.

  • Recognize the different types of witnesses that there can be.

  • How to keep the integrity of the crime scene and the processes in doing so.

  • Proper handling and management of evidence.

  • Processes for interviewing, questioning and interrogating suspects.

  • Gathering evidence, analyzing crime scenes, and finding the cause of criminal act in different cases.

Career Potential Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic and Criminal Investigation trains future experts that will be able to carry out their activities in the following fields:

  • Judiciary, in various areas in the criminal justice system, (criminal proceedings).

  • Investigative (judicial police, crime scene examination, and private investigations).

  • Government intelligence agencies and other areas.

  • Prisons and security, armed forces.

  • Fire departments, customs administration, financial police.

  • Insurance and banking sectors (e.g.: frauds).

  • Private businesses (e.g.: prevention, security, anti-fraud).

  • Private sector (any investigative activity, insurance investigators and private organizations, law firms).

  • The role of investigative forensics is also expanding within the field of civil justice.

Pedagogical principles

Teaching in the department is mainly based on the following methods and principles:

The course is student centered

  • Encouraging exchanges between students and trainers;
  • Group work: encouraging discussion, communication and cooperation between students;

  • Personal work: case studies, projects, and documentary research;

  • Implementation of interactive teaching and active teaching methods;

  • Clinical teaching: demonstrations and practical applications;

  • Optimizing learning by helping teachers and students better manage available time;

  • Stressing on the critical thinking and mindfulness;

  • Delivery through differentiated instructions.

Principles of evaluation

This Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation program is always actualized and is a present-day system. Attendance to all theoretical sessions, practical work and internships is therefore mandatory. However, from a tolerated absence threshold, the student is allowed a 30% absences from regular sessions before the system automatically withdraw him (AW). Note also that the participation is graded. To obtain a BA Degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, students must successfully complete a total of 126 credits . The standard duration of study is 8 semesters.

The competency assessment for a teaching unit is carried out during the semester of study, through: Individual examinations in two phases, including a partial mid-semester exam and a final exam at the end of the semester. Learning activities, evaluated during course sessions (TP, Project, Quiz, etc.)

A teaching unit is considered passed, when the calculated final score is above or equal to the required average as follows: 60 % (D) taking into consideration the cumulative GPA.