This course provides an overview of basic forensic techniques as applied to the business environment. Topics include social and psychological profiling, systems design, case construction, team analysis, report development, chain of custody, law enforcement systems and cooperation, investigation techniques and forensic teamwork. Students are familiarized with criteria for forensic expertise such as Daubert and Kumho.
- Examine the ramifications of the use, manipulation, and integration of the psychological components of the investigation on the objectivity of the investigative strategy.
- Investigative information, covert/overt investigative methods, social profiling, and management's use of the results of such an investigation.
- Design a system approach to the investigative function that is flexible enough to be applied to the corporate structure and expandable to accommodate the future needs of the investigation.
- Determine the impact of these differences on managing the team member selection, forensic teamwork, and the forensic lead members on evaluating the systemic and non-systemic disruption of business operations.
- Analyze the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of the various federal, state, and local agencies in managing the law enforcement systems and cooperation amongst those agencies that have both competing and disparate interests and levels of information access.
- Evaluate the case management, information development, and potential threats facing an investigator, and develop approaches for dealing with such threats to investigative effectiveness.
- Evaluate the inter-relationship of the business investigation and the impact that operational actions have upon the federal rules of custody, evidence protections, and rights of the accused.
- Establish the major elements of a good investigative report, elaborate on the plan that was utilized to determine that all of the necessary approaches were performed and that all of the investigative functions are represented in the report findings.