Start date: September 2017
Duration: 10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm
Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.
Awarding body: The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
Who should apply
Gardaí of all ranks, especially those who wish to expand their knowledge of Crime Scene Investigation. Those working in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Those in other careers whom are interested in modern developments in crime scene investigation.
Delivered by John O’Keeffe, the purpose of the Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with a basic understanding of this growing area from a range of perspectives. In addition, practical crime scene information will be considered, including crime scene management, offender profiling and fingerprinting, to name but three. These will be related to the various theories of crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the nature of crime scene investigation and its various components.
During this course the student will learn how to understand and record crime scene evidence that will assist in uncovering criminal activity. You will see case studies that demonstrate the importance of crime scene measurements, scaled drawings, photographing crime scenes, and preserving evidence. Students will grasp that with correct foundational theory and through proper collection of evidence, a crime scene can be reconstructed – and as a result – a theory can be formed about the crime.
Week 1 – Fundamentals of Investigative and Forensic Psychology
Week 2 – Command and Control: Crime Scene Management
Week 3- Offender Profiling and Criminal Behaviour Analysis
Week 4 – The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
Week 5 – Sexual and Violent Crime
Week 6 – Collection of Trace Elements/Fingerprinting/Footprint Impressions
Week 7 – Firearms, Ballistics and Gunpowder Residue
Week 8 – Bloodstain Pattern Recognition and DNA
Week 9 – Photography & Forensic Entomology (study of insect behaviour on dead bodies)
Week 10 – The Psychology of the Courts
John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin and memberships of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, International Association of Forensic Psychology, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. He is Membership Secretary of the Criminology Association of Ireland.
From 2000-2010 he was Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School (incorporating Portobello College) where he taught both criminal and civil law. He is currently Head, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges and Director, Cold Case Unit and also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is Chief Executive of AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.
John also works as a broadcaster and journalist (Deputy Editor of The Garda Review and Contributor, Sunday World) regularly appearing on television and radio where he speaks on matters related to criminology and forensic psychology.
He is currently engaged in research at the University of Oxford where he holds MCR memberships of both Oriel College and Exeter College.
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.
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