This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course aims to give an understanding of the core responsibilities of evidence recording and collection at the crime scene, both in general and specifically related to operational constraints of a UK investigative context in addition to the operation of forensic and police investigators within the context of a major investigation.

At a glance

Course structure

This course is delivered by tutorials, framed discussion periods and group presentations.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course a diligent student will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate various different strategies of major scene investigation to consider the various effects of different approaches
  • Appraise the range of evidence collection and investigation techniques available to the crime scene investigator
  • Describe and evaluate the relative merits of the range of systematic crime scene procedures vital to successful investigations
  • Evaluate which of these procedures are appropriate to a particular crime scene and apply these procedures appropriately during a crime scene exercise
  • Generate a crime scene report which objectively critiques the methodologies used and draws justified conclusions appropriate for the evidence
  • Transfer theoretical and practical knowledge of evidence identification, recording and retrieval into the various roles of forensic specialists.

Core content

  • Construction of the forensic strategy
  • Evidence selection and collection
  • Scene photography
  • Digital photography
  • Sample integrity and contamination issues
  • Assessment of evidence
  • Packaging and transportation
  • Scene reporting
  • Handling intelligence – assessment and communication.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This short course will be taught at Masters standard as it is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme. Registering for this Short Course for Credit and successfully passing the associated assessment will gain you 10 Cranfield credits. These could then be used to apply for a transfer towards a PgCert/PgDip or MSc in the Forensic Programme should you wish to complete one of these courses within 5 years.

 

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Prior knowledge of this subject is not required.

Accreditation

The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Concessions

Sponsored by company - £1,750

Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £875

Alumni/Current Student - £435

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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