AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONS     

Criminalist Specialist Forensic Drug Analyst
Criminalist Serologist Forensic Scientist
DNA Analyst Forensic Toxicologist
Intelligence Officer/Analyst Handwriting Examiner
Firearms Examiner Forensic Pathologist

These areas of specialization will be under various units such as Forensic Medicine, Forensic Dentistry, Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Accounting/ Auditing, Digital Forensic, Forensic Document and Examination etc.

 

PROGRAMME OUTLAY

Each candidate for the post-graduate diploma shall undergo the following plan; three semesters (with stipulated semester hours of credits), research and presentation of thesis (the student must submit a satisfactory thesis, satisfy field training and pass the oral examination). Research thesis may commence at any time as recommended by the student’s supervisor. However, it will not be undertaken until it is approved by the supervisor and the academic board of studies/graduate committee. Protocols for research may need to seek and obtain approval from a constituted research ethics committee. The courses may be taught in collaboration with other relevant lecturers from the Centre’s collaborating partners.

DURATION OF THE PROGRAM

The post graduate Diploma program will last for a period of nine months (one academic year) for full-time mode and eighteen months for part-time mode.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Students are expected to earn at least 40 credits for both first and second semester out of 50 credits in other to be eligible to earn the post-graduate diploma within nine months (full-time), eighteen months (part time). Therefore students can select their own courses based on their focus to meet up with this requirement.

 

 

COURSES OF THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM

First Semester

Courses                                           Description

FDA700              Introduction to DNA Analysis/DNA sequencing

FDA702              Chain of custody of DNA

FDA715              Laboratory Management/samples & sampling techniques

FDB750               Pre Trial Preparation

FDB751               Trial Issue/crime scene investigation

CDF704               Introduction to Networking and security/system software

FAA722               Introduction to Forensic Accounting/Auditing

FDE712               History of Document Examination

FDE715               Systematic Examination of Hand Writing

FTX710               Historical Perspective of Toxicology

FTX720               Organization of clinical Toxicology Laboratory

FTX740               Substance Analyzes of Interest in Forensic Toxicology

FFW780              Forensic Field work

FRL721               Introduction to Forensic sciences/Forensic linguistics

FRL724               Introduction to Forensic phonetic

 

 

Second Semester

Courses                                       Description

FDA705                      Polymerase Chain Reaction (PRC)

FDA710                      Contamination control of DNA Analysis

FDA740                      Biological/Biochemical Samples and Test Results

FDB752                      Prosecution and Defense DNA Cases

CDF709                      Technical Writing

CDF717                      Anti-Forensic &Network Forensic

FDB744                     Ethical Issues in Accounting and Business

FDE717                      Forensic of Credit Cards

FTX760                     Analytical Techniques/ interpretation of result

FRL723                      Investigation Dialectology/ Forensic Voice investigation

FRL725                      Orthography and Forensic Linguistics

FFW790                     Seminar

FRS795                      Research and Statistics

FRP777                      Project/Thesis

 

                                              

 

 

  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 FDA 700:      Introduction to DNA Analysis/ DNA Sequencing                          (2 credits)

This course covers the history of DNA uses, the definition, where the DNA evidence is found, basic steps in typing, categories of the DNA test, emerging technology. There will be an overview of the DNA analysis covering the history, science and uses in paternity test, rape cases, identification, mass disaster, genealogy, trace evidence etc. This course provides history of DNA sequencing, its application in molecule biology, evolutionary biology, medicine forensics. The types of sequencing is covered, basic method advanced methods and De-movo sequencing like shot gin and future of sequencing. 

 

FDA 702:       Chain of custody of DNA                                                                (2 credits)

This covers how to obtain the DNA from the crime scene, be it environment of human or other objects, transport it in a secured manner to the laboratory for analysis, than release the DNA result to the security agency and finally present it to the court, for evidential judiciary trial. It covers extraction, purification quantitative, and amplification of DNA.

FDA 705:        Polymerase chain reaction(PCR)                                                   (1 credit)

This covers the lab methods for amplification of PCR. The history of PCR, its uses, advantages, and roles in DNA Analysis. Short tandem repeat interpretation Analysis (STR), restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), Variable numbers of tandem repeats (VNTR), Primers designs, Nucleus DNA, mitochondria DNA Analysis.

FDA 710:       Contamination control of DNA Analysis                                        (1Credit)

This course covers the various ways DNA analysis can be contaminated and how to reduce to the barest minimal contamination of DNA. The benefit of qualitative DNA analysis is highlighted. This course also covers basic laboratory safety tips so that the staffs are safe at all times.

 

 FDA 715:      Laboratory Management/Samples & Sampling techniques           (2 credits)

This covers lab issues, standards for labs, personnel and procedures, the dos and don’ts (ethical consideration) in lab procedures. QAS requirements for laboratories instrumentation. This course covers the types of specimen: blood, saliva, urine, vitreous humor, hair, solid tissues/organ, air, gastric content (fluid), CSF, finger and toe nails, fly larvae, fasces, breast milk, nasal swabs etc. and also the guides to collect ante-mortem and post-mortem samples.

FDA 740:       Biological/ Biochemical samples and Test results                         (1 Credits)

This course covers all possible biological and non- biological samples for DNA Analysis. There advantages and disadvantages and the best methods to obtain, secure, transport and store them prior to analysis. The course presents samples of test results in paternity cases and other crime scene and how to present the test result and analyze them for optimal uses. Interpretation of result is included.

           

10.0     Course description for Legal Forensic

FDB 750: Pre trial preparation                                                                                (1 credits)

This course focuses on the relationship between law and forensic and juxtaposes criminal law with forensics as well as civil law and forensics. It analyses the legislative framework for forensic science in Nigeria and examine the types of forensic evidence vis a vis the standard of proof required in court and the burden of proof on the prosecution / defense in criminal trials as well as plaintiff and defendant in civil trials. Other legal issues which are a prerequisite for a foray into the world of the judiciary will also be treated.

FDB 751: Trial Issue/Crime scene Investigation                                                     (2 credits)

This will highlight past cases of well known DNA in the judiciary with video clips. It will also cover trial advocacy during selection opening statement, DNA and jury, objection during the state’s direct  examination of DNA expert, taking juror question during testimony(if allowed), and effective cross-examination of a DNA expert .

 

FDB 752: Prosecution and defense DNA cases                                                      (1 credits)

This will cover stipulation-qualification and/or result, questioning law enforcement on evidence collection and chain of custody issues, defense expert testimony issues, defense case-stay on theme, defense counsel’s closing argument in a DNA case, the prosecution closing argument in DNA cases, using DNA to establish third party guilt, when to seek post conviction DNA testing, and when are you entitled to post convocation DNA testing?

FDB 744: Ethical issues in accounting and business                                             (1 credits)

This course teaches inter control assessment and design, corporate tax decision and strategy, methods for detecting corporate and personal frauds. Other areas that will be covered will be business valuation and computer forensics/ e-discovery.

 

11.0          Course Description of Computer & Digital Forensic

CDF 704: introduction to Networking & security/System Software                   (2 credits)

This course covers general information to networking and security, cyber crime, criminal & civil investigations, criminal law, and digital Forensics and to provide students with general information on mobile device forensics, computer internship, the law of searching, seizing and using digital evidence.

 

CDF 709: Technical writing                                                                                  (1 credits)

This course introduces student to technical writing, digital forensic tool evaluation and also covers E-discovery& data analysis and advanced practice in digital investigations.

CDF 717: Anti-forensic & network forensics                                                        (1 credits)

This course focuses on journal review, introduces students to forensic science with lab, computer theory and system software.

12.0                 Course description on Forensic Accounting /Auditing

FAA 722: Introduction to forensic Accounting / Auditing                                    (2 credits)

This course gives overview of the history and origin of Forensic accounting. It contains the benefits of forensic accounting / auditing to a developing nation like Nigeria. It also covers accounting information system and fraud examination.

FAA 744: Ethical issue in Accounting and Business                                              (1 credits)

This course teaches inter control assessment and design, corporate tax decision and strategy, methods for detecting corporate and personal frauds. Other areas that will be covered will be bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, business valuation and computer forensics/ e-discovery.

13.0     Course Description of Forensic document examination

FDE 712: History of document examination                                                          (1 credits)

This course provides general information about the origin of forensic document examination; describe the evolution of written word, focuses on the principle of handwritings and the factors that cause changes in handwriting.

FDE 715: Systematic examination of hand writing                                               (1 credits)

This course introduces students to systematic examination of hand writing, frequency of its uses, disguised writing, detecting fraudulent documents, and weighing evidence. Students will be giving practical illustration to enhance knowledge.

FDE717: Forensic of Credit Cards                                                                          (2 credits)

This course will provide forensic document examination on checks and credit cards fraud, seal stamps and paper fastness.

 

14.0     Course description of Forensic Toxicology

FTX 710:  Historical perspectives of Toxicology                                                    (1 credits)

This course defines Toxicology and forensic Toxicology, gives an overview of forensic science, the history of forensic toxicology, explain the fundamentals of Toxicological chemistry, poison/drug and industrial revolution.

FTX 720: Organization of the clinical Toxicology laboratory                              (1 credits)

The course focuses on the structure and scientific concepts in laboratory organization, Accreditation, procedure manual, proficiency testing, quality of new methods, and laboratory management.

FTX 740: Substance and Analytes of interest in Forensic Toxicology                 (1 credits)

This course covers Alcohol/Methanol, Marijuana/ Hemp, Chloroform, Cocaine, PCM, Tramadol, Caffeine, Narcotics, Narcotics-Morphine, codine

Benzodizimpines, Diazepam, Lexotan, Pesticides and Herbicides, Plant Toxins (Mushrooms), Animal Toxins, CO, Toxic metal (As, Hg, Pb, Cr, (IV), cd, etc) Asbestos.

 

FTX 760: Analytical Techniques/Interpretation of Results                                  (2 credits)

This course focuses on quality control, laboratory procedures, instrumentation, and assay methods: breathalyzer tests, GC-MS, ICP- MS, HPLC, immuno-assays, other methods this course provides general information on Toxicology reports, and case studies.

15.0          Course description for forensic voice

FRL 721:        Introduction to Forensic Sciences/Forensic Linguistics                (3 credits)       

This course introduces the students to the various aspects of the forensic sciences such as forensic medicine, forensic Linguistics, forensic jurisprudence, etc. The special relationship between forensic jurisprudence and the other forensic sciences will be highlighted. It provides general information on the linguistic and socio-cultural parameters useful for forensic analysis and forensic investigation of disputed language samples.  The different areas of forensic linguistics such as forensic phonetics, forensic semantics, forensic orthography, etc., will be highlighted.

FRL 723:        Forensic Voice Investigation/ Investigative dialectology                (2 credits)

This course focuses on the principles and techniques employed in voice analysis and voice identification involving speech data of the forensic nature. Pre-recorded speech samples of unknown speakers are analyzed and matched with those of simulated suspects. The course draws from the nature of regional and social dialect variations and patterns to contribute to crime detection, investigation, prevention and prosecution.  The course covers all linguistic levels essential to regional and social variations, including phonological, lexical, semantic and syntactic levels.  Paralinguistic dialect characteristics may also be considered.

FRL 724:        Introduction to Forensic Phonetics                                                (2 credits)

This course introduces the various techniques of selecting, gathering and analyzing speech data as well as the manner of presenting results, for forensic purposes.  The auditory and the instrumental methods of analysis will be emphasized; the use of the sound spectrograph, electroglottograph, etc, will be taught.  Essential materials for this course will include acoustic data and laboratory practice simulations from contemporary speech samples of the forensic phonetics type. This course is a preliminary study of the various techniques of using language materials in the investigation, detection, prevention, and prosecution of crime in the society.  The procedures for gathering linguistic data, the selection and choice of linguistic materials, etc., will be taught.

 

FRL 725:        Orthography and Forensic Linguistics                                          (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the role and importance of orthography in forensic linguistics.  Here, the student is acquainted with a general theoretical knowledge about the relationship between orthography and forensic linguistics.  The nature of orthography will be specified, and the different types of orthography discussed; the linguistic nature of orthography will be highlighted, to identify its linguistic credentials for forensics.

 

16.0   Course description of Forensic field work

FFW 780: Forensic field work                                                                                 (2 credits)

This course will entail industrial training or attachment (IT) to a well established Forensic/ DNA lab where students will have a hand on skill acquisition, practice on various techniques that will enable them become Forensic experts or DNA analysts. A log book will be assigned to cover for a practical session and the period of the practical will cover five(5) weeks and the students will have opportunity to decide their best professional Forensic competency e.g Forensic document examination training, forensic Toxicology, Forensic  voice Analysis, and DNA Analysis.

FFW 790: Seminar                                                                                                    (2 credits)

Seminar will cover specific areas of interest that the student will like to further in later or the area a student has passion for so much in collaboration with the supervisor attached to such student.

 FRS 795: Research and Statistics                                                                          (2 credits)

This course covers basics of research methodology such as average, mean, mode, media, hypothesis, range, frequency, Mann Whitney test, T-test, F- test, p-value, and other bio statistics analysis Non-parametric statistics, Descriptive statistics.

17.0        Continuous assessment

A continuous assessment test will be used to evaluate the students each semester before the final semester examination.

18.0                 FRP 777: Project / Thesis                                                               (6 Credits)

Students will choose areas of interest in consultation with supervisors for research, publication, and presentation as part of academic requirement to earn the post graduate diploma in Forensic and DNA Analysis.