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Online Course

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

The Open University via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate $74 Certificate Available
  • Duration 8 weeks long
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Overview

Try to solve a crime using nothing but eyewitness evidence

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. But psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on this testimony and how careful the police must be when questioning witnesses.

Using videos of real witnesses, from behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony.

You will get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and see if your investigative powers are as good as police officers’, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but eyewitness evidence.

This course is intended for those with an interest in psychology and/or criminal investigation, and does not require any previous experience of studying either subject.

Taught by

Graham Pike

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Paddie R
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This course is really fascinating and set at a healthy adult level of being neither dumbed down to the lowest common denominator nor talking over our heads. However, like most courses delivered by the OU, the estimated time needed to study it is underestimated. Perhaps 2 hours is ample if you are a genius! I already have a BA(Hons) and several PG qualifications and have always thought this; I also graduated with the OU. On the plus side the quality of their course material is mostly on a par with Cambridge University in my opinion; so no complaints there. I do intend to complete this course and seek accreditation: I did it to follow up after completing the Forensic Science & Criminal Justice MOOC course with Leicester University, which I would also strongly recommend.
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Mohammad M
Mohammad completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is seriously the best till now I have ever taken on-line. It requires no basics of Forensic Science or Psychology.

This is seriously interesting and the platform FutureLearn itself is seriously good and very user-friendly.

It uses not much data if users are on mobile data except for the videos it contains and the course basically is on HTML format making it easy for users to stream , navigate and view the course.
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Emma A
by Emma completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Loved this course, complements my current studies in accident forensics:) I really enjoyed the practical application of skills such as the Identikit exercise; Futurelearn sure know how to put on an interesting and engaging MOOC:)
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Anonymous
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Really well crafted course plan. Good balance between theory and experiments, and case discussions.

A lot of information about memory and the way it can be distorted. What one can do to reduce distortion.

A real beauty of a course.
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