Victimology in the FIRST48 is critical to the outcome of many unattended and unexpected death investigations, and homicide investigations. Pettler's Research-Based Forensic Victimology (RBFV) is one of the best ways to get to know the victim using a system that not only collects the information you need, but organizes, categorizes, and analyzes the information as well. This course is designed to introduce the concept of Pettler's Research-Based Forensic Victimology system and its components for beginner field-use by law enforcement, medicolegal death investigators, attorneys, social workers, private investigators, volunteers, and students.
All death investigations should include conducting victimology within the first 48 hours post-death. This course teaches you how to begin that journey.
Our course objectives are linked all of the Program Outcomes:
Separate purchase: Pettler, L. G. (2016). Crime scene staging dynamics in homicide cases. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
The LPAIFI Online Division is self-paced. That means you can enroll and begin when you pay your tuition and you then have two weeks to complete the course. It's a good idea to set weekly goals for yourself to make sure you stay on track to complete the course within two weeks.
No. eBooks are not included with tuition. Most ebooks are available on Amazon as downloads on a Kindle App or other book reader. Books are typically very reasonably priced under $20 and are normally widely available.
All quizzes and essays must be successfully completed and submitted by 11:59pm EST on the last day of the course. Certificates of Completion are automatically generated by the course itself when all quizzes and essays have been graded by the course instructor and final points are entered into the grade book. If you ever find that you're confused, you can always contact your instructor or firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Yes, yes, and no. Why? Because some of the essay questions are based on the material contained within. Discussion is optional, but if you have time don't miss out on such a great learning experience as watching slideshows and videos. By the same token, Discussion is a great way to meet other people in your class, ask questions about anything that comes to mind, and to engage with your instructor. Networking is power.
Instructors are active in the LPAIFI Online Monday through Friday at least three days of the week. To contact your instructor, use the Course Email Tool in the right hand corner of the course that is located between your account icon and the Discuss icon. Instructors typically respond to student emails within 48 hours.