Essentials of forensic interpretation
March to September 2016
Practitioners of all forensic disciplines – including reporting officers, lawyers, accreditation bodies – having a University degree (at least BSc) or an equivalent degree of a higher education programme. The course is given in English. For exercises, discussions and one-to-one tutorials, English, German or French are available as further languages.
Given by recognized specialists in the field, this online course covers the essentials of forensic interpretation applied to the solution of inferential problems in forensic science and in the administration of justice. It is designed to make practitioners at ease with a probabilistic approach to the evaluation and interpretation of forensic findings. The content focuses on the so-called likelihood ratio, a measure that is supported by the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes and the UK’s Association of Forensic Science Providers due to its qualities such as coherency and transparency. The course is based on research that has been described as providing the essential building blocks for the proper assessment, understanding and communication of findings in the NAS report “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward”.
The course lasts 6 months with a workload per week of 3 hours on the online platform and 1.5 to 2 hours of personal work (in total around 150 hours training).
In addition to these short courses, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence is proposed to forensic practitioners willing to acquire a comprehensive training (around 470 hours, 18 months in total).
The instructors have theoretical and practical experience with evaluation and interpretation from laboratory to courtroom. They have published over the years numerous scholarly papers and textbooks on the subjects of evaluation and statistics in forensic science.
Certificate of attendance, 5 ECTS
Send your CV and a duly filled in registration form to Formation Continue UNIL-EPFL.
Course fee: 3’500.- Swiss Francs
Registration deadline: February 15th, 2016
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For administrative questions:
Ms. Mary-Claire André Mollet