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Diploma of Forensic Identification (Facial) 11217NAT

Overview

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to compare facial images to assist in the establishment of identity and individuals with multiple identities and report on the examinations using established legal and workplace frameworks.

Qualification:

Diploma of Forensic Identification (Facial) 11217NAT

Course No:

DP-HS58

Campus:

CIT Bruce 

Duration:

This qualification can be completed part time over 2 - 2.5 years or (4 - 5 semesters).
Each enrolment period has duration of 16 weeks (1 Semester) and demonstration of your skills and knowledge will be ongoing throughout this time. You will regularly discuss your progress with the online teacher via email or phone and through the online classroom. All units are delivered fully online, and you should aim to complete 2 units each semester.
You should plan to allocate 5-7 hours per unit each week for studying learning materials, completing practical tasks, and engaging in assessments. In addition, you will need to dedicate 3-8 hours per unit each week for independent learning on projects, assignments, practical skills development and assessment preparation.

Cost Info:

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost:

Standard $1,536 Full fee $6,178

Likely Job Outcome:

Facial Image Reviewer or Facial Image Examiner in a public or private organisation.

Application Type:

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Additional Information

As this course is delivered fully online, you will require the following equipment:
• Computer with the capacity to download and run image editing, video editing and specialised comparison software
• Webcam and sound capabilities
• Stable internet connection
• Camera
• Scanner
• Printer
• Computer software including word processing, presentation and spreadsheeting

The order of unit sequencing is as follows:
• NAT11217015 Perform identification of head and neck anatomy and physiology in facial structures should be completed before you undertake NAT11217014 Apply specialist facial image comparison techniques.
• PSPGEN105 Gather and analyse information and PSPGEN106 Conduct research analysis are capstone units and should be undertaken together during your final semester of study.

This course provides a pathway for graduates to advance their technical skills in forensic identification sciences and to represent their organisation as specialists.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements
All applicants must have completed the Certificate IV in Biometric Technologies (10837NAT) OR an equivalent qualification OR be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

Skills Recognition

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 4 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your course of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this course. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level course. Please visit Foundation Skills.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 9 subjects

Core: Complete all 5

  • NAT11217001   Apply specialist digital image processing techniques
    • CIT Code: FOSC440
      Cost: Standard $160.00
      Full fee $650.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess, examine, enhance, and evaluate digital images for forensic analysis. This includes examining digital images from sources, including biometric systems, cameras, and scanners to determine originality, inconsistencies, manipulations and significant artefacts of interest. It requires the abilities to apply specialist digital image processing methods to enhance and discriminate digital images for forensic evaluation and provide referral recommendations to other specialist examination areas when the examination of those images is integral to the progression of an investigation. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217002   Apply professional practices in specialist examination roles
    • CIT Code: FOSC441
      Cost: Standard $160.00
      Full fee $650.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge to ensure that examiners apply current standards of quality practice and ethical behaviour in a forensic examination setting. This includes the analysis of quality, risk, accreditation, and codes of ethics that govern forensic workplaces and to determine corrective and preventative measures as well as their application to personal practice. It requires the abilities to understand the responsibilities of specialist service providers in investigative and legal industries, knowledge of national and international peak professional bodies within the biometrics, forensics, facial comparison, and document examination communities, and to further develop knowledge on quality assurance, ethical practices, professional practices, validation, regulations, codes of conduct, cognitive bias, industry accreditation and standards. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217003   Present evidence in a judicial system
    • CIT Code: FOSC442
      Cost: Standard $160.00
      Full fee $650.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to present evidence in a judicial setting. It includes the preparation of evidence and presenting evidence in accordance with established legal and workplace protocols as well as reflecting on own practice. It requires the abilities to compose reports, statements, photographs, and charts for presenting technical evidence before courts, commissions, and tribunals. Also, an understanding of the rules of evidence and giving evidence during examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination with emphasis placed on appreciating and complying with courtroom protocols and procedures. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN105   Gather and analyse information
    • CIT Code: PSAD460
      Cost: Standard $75.00
      Full fee $213.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to collect and analyse information to achieve work unit objectives and meet client needs. This unit applies to those working in public sector roles and may be applied to anyone working in a similar organisational context. Those undertaking this unit work independently, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPGEN106   Conduct research and analysis
    • CIT Code: PSAD461
      Cost: Standard $155.00
      Full fee $665.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake research and analysis.This unit applies to those working in generalist and specialist roles within the public sector. Those undertaking this unit performing complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives: Complete minimum 4

  • NAT11217014   Apply specialist facial image comparison techniques
    • CIT Code: FOSC456
      Cost: Standard $231.00
      Full fee $930.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct detailed examinations of controlled and uncontrolled facial images for facial image comparison. It includes the use of facial morphological analysis in the examination of facial images. It requires the abilities to compare images of unfamiliar faces using scientific methodology to determine similarities, dissimilarities and to decide if they are the same person or different people. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217015   Perform identification of head and neck anatomy and physiology in facial structures
    • CIT Code: FOSC457
      Cost: Standard $195.00
      Full fee $609.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to analyse the anatomy and physiology of bones, joints and muscles in head and neck for within-person facial variations when undertaking facial identification. This includes examining a history of facial images from one person for normal structures, functions and landmarks of bones, joints and muscles in the head and neck, interpreting the effects age, injury and disease have on within-person facial variations, reporting on variations and validating finding while maintaining continuity of evidence. It requires the abilities to discriminate the anatomical and physiological features of bones, joints and muscles of head and neck and their relationship to face pose, facial structure changes, facial expression, and facial appearance. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217004   Advise on multibiometric system applications and emerging technologies
    • CIT Code: FOSC443
      Cost: Standard $195.00
      Full fee $790.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to advise on multibiometric systems for workplace implementation. This includes identifying, assessing, and reporting on multibiometric systems to meet the security needs of the workplace and researching emerging biometric technologies for suitability in a contemporary multibiometric system. It requires the abilities to analyse current and emerging biometric systems, identify complimentary modalities and algorithms, establish interoperability and fusion approaches, identify system vulnerabilities including privacy and work health and safety consideration and recommend a multibiometric systems for workplace implementation. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217005   Apply statistical techniques to analyse biometric data
    • CIT Code: FOSC445
      Cost: Standard $195.00
      Full fee $790.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to analyse statistical data from biometric systems and to use probabilistic analysis techniques to predict failure and performance issues. It includes the use and application of standard statistical and probabilistic concepts and modelling methods to interrogate biometric data. It requires the abilities to analyse and interpret biometric data to monitor the processes and operations of a biometric system within the workplace. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • NAT11217006   Apply specialised techniques to video and closed circuit television for forensic analysis
    • CIT Code: FOSC447
      Cost: Standard $205.00
      Full fee $840.00
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to examine video and closed circuit television (CCTV) footage for forensic analysis. This includes establishing the examination requirements, reviewing metadata, verifying data authenticity, analysing and enhancing video/CCTV quality, establishing frames of interest for still image export, and reporting on the examination. It requires the abilities to assess video and CCTV evidence from sources, including mobile surveillance devices, portable recording devices and static CCTV cameras and provide referral recommendations to other specialist examination areas when the examination of those still images are integral to the progression of an investigation. This unit could be applied in, but is not limited to, the following workplaces: police services, forensic science services, border security agencies, security organisations, assessing councils, road traffic agencies, investigation units and financial organisations. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication
      Prerequisites: Nil

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More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au