Certificate Course in Crime Scene Investigation


This comprehensive program is meticulously crafted to equip participants with the essential skills needed to unravel the mysteries concealed within crime scenes. Whether you are a student passionate about forensic science, a law enforcement professional seeking specialized knowledge, or an individual fascinated by the intricacies of crime scene analysis, this course is your gateway to a captivating discipline of investigation and justice.

Course Objectives:

  1. Learn the art and science of documenting crime scenes, including photography, sketching, and note-taking for thorough and accurate record-keeping.
  2. Explore the principles of collecting and preserving physical evidence at crime scenes, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the integrity of evidence.
  3. Understand how evidence is handled, packaged, and forwarded and the importance of the chain of custody.
  4. Understand the techniques and methodologies employed in crime scene reconstruction to piece together events and establish timelines.
  5. Acquire insights into the legal provisions related to crime scene investigation, ensuring participants understand their roles within the legal framework.

Weeks and Topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation, criminal law provisions and depiction of different crime scenes (Quiz 1)
  • Week 2: Physical Evidences, Biological Evidences, Chemical Evidences (Quiz 2)
  • Week 3: Handling, Packaging & Forwarding of Exhibits (Quiz 3)
  • Week 4: Crime Investigation Techniques (Quiz 4)
  • Week 5: Concepts of Forensic Ballistics (Quiz 5)

Suggested Readings:

  • Forensic Science: An Introduction by Richard Saferstein
  • Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques by Stuart H. James and Jon J. Nordby

Grading Policy:

Course grades are based on the following criteria:

  • Quiz (10 points each): 50
  • Final Quiz: 50

Participants need to achieve at least 80% on weekly assessments and actively participate in the capstone project to successfully complete the course.