CIF6610EN - Issues in Forensic Underwater Investigations

Course description

The course examines advance applications and issues in water bodies regarding forensic investigation. Also, the course provides a comprehensive evaluation of how offenses, criminology, victimology, crime, evidence, crime scenes, training, equipment, legal statutes, and diving practices are used for real world events and scenarios requiring a need for a forensic underwater investigator. The course expounds on past, present, and future practices toward determining practical, theoretical, and proven methodologies in underwater investigations at the civil and criminal levels of the legal/court system.

How this course benefits students

This course benefits the students by correlating with the mission and vision along with leading and equipping them for advanced professional applications due to having prior knowledge of forensic underwater investigations. It sparks critical thinking along with accessing the graduate student’s insight toward becoming an effective practitioner of diving and underwater investigations. Finally, the course directs the student's path and aligns it with God’s spiritual mission of transforming individuals and communities by advancing the role of investigative procedures in water bodies.

Why this course is important

This course expounds on a student’s novice and professional knowledge of forensic underwater investigations. Also, the course provides real scenarios and applications toward researching civil and criminal court issues where water bodies are a factor thus promoting critical thinking from the origin to the ending of underwater investigations. Thirdly, this course examines the prior knowledge of the student’s diving, safety, evidence protocols, investigations, processing crime scenes and policies in water bodies thus determining various action plans for infinite possibilities with forensic underwater investigations from swimming pools to oceans.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Investigation & Forensics
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Miron Gilbert, Professor of Criminal Investigation

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The clear meaning of “justice” is “what is right” or “what is normal” — the way things are supposed to be. The fairness of laws coupled with fair and equal treatment under the law are common biblical concerns. Throughout scripture, God is the defender.

Missionally driven

Allow the student the desire to join in with God where he is at work - in their homes and communities - so that they may see the spiritual transformation of people and communities in the criminal justice system. Assist in expounding the subject matter content with forensic underwater investigators engaging in the global community where applications are needed to seek justice and determine injustice in the coures of life.

Contextually informed

Utilizing advanced methods for forensic underwater investigations requires a higher knowledge base where evidence, methodologies, diving, legal statutes, criminality, and other applications are used in dictating/integrating/synthesizing a specific protocol for civil and criminal cases involving water bodies.

Interculturally focused

The course proposes how 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water bodies impacting the global population's diverse interaction with civil and criminal cases where defendants and evidence may present resolutions for justice and injustice. Integrate then apply a foundational instruction for individuals seeking advanced knowledge and practices addressing diving science, equipment, criminal justice, and investigative techniques as well as resources interacting in the legal/public service communities.

Practically minded

The course engages the student’s path to align with God and His mission in criminal justice, legal, and investigative practices.

Experientially transformed

The course critiques and applies strengths to limitations in order to access an advanced role for the forensic underwater investigator. Identify and create a learning environment where the student engages intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically in the examination of forensic underwater investigations at an advanced level toward transforming an experiential mindset navigating God’s mission.