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Forensic study is increasingly popular in universities and a forensic approach is often used in the workplace. This course gives you accounting skills and knowledge related to forensic investigation.
You gain an understanding of the legal issues in forensic study. A third of your study involves improving your knowledge of the legal system. Accounting is always studied in a legal context.
This course gives you a specialist insight into forensic analysis of financial accounts. Your module choices allow you to tailor your study to areas of interest. Total risk management addresses the design and management of financial information to help reduce the possibility of financial fraud.
The financial regulations and supervision module gives you an insight into the legal framework and working practices around accounting.
These option modules are supported by core modules such as electronic crime. You look at how new media can be exploited in financial fraud and how such actions can be traced.
You also do a dissertation, an extended piece of research which you design and carry out under the direction of an academic tutor.
There are four other forensic courses available. They are all designed to meet a wide range of individual needs and expectations. Each course complements your degree study or previous work experience.
This module provides the necessary grounding to study law effectively. It teaches the core skills required with emphasis placed on research and legal reasoning. You examine the court system and legal professions and we introduce the Human Rights Act of 1998.
Criminal litigation is essentially the steps required to take a criminal case to trial. This module examines the initial stages of an investigation.
* police powers
* the processing of crime scenes
* the importance of continuity of evidence and establishing a chain of custody
* the general principles of criminal law required to ensure that charges are understood and correctly drafted
* the law on confessions and inferences from silence
* the law concerning taking samples from suspects
* the initial stages of a criminal prosecution with emphasis on how they are significant to expert witnesses
Law of evidence
This follows on from the criminal litigation module and progresses the investigative process from the initial court hearings through to the completion of the trial.
It addresses subjects including
* rules and principles on expert testimony
* the burden of proof
* the significance of disclosure and pre trial hearings for expert witnesses
* the rules governing advocacy and trials
* salient rules of evidence, such as hearsay
You also examine recent miscarriages of justice involving expert witnesses to identify how error arose and how to eliminate repetition.
This module introduces the nature and extent of financial crime and financial dispute resolution. You learn to identify situational, systems and security weaknesses in organisations and learn to design and recommend measures to minimise the associated risks.
You examine the major business related software applications used in the fight against electronic crime. You also learn how to identify the major types of commonly encountered electronic crime and how to use computer security to control these situations.
Methods of enquiry: research and consultancy in finance
You evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of research methods and identify the appropriate methods related to specific research objectives.
This module allows you to demonstrateresearcher skills at masters level. Youproduce a persuasively argued piece ofwriting that demonstrates knowledge andskills, researcher competence and theability to work independently.
* corporate governance
* financial analysis
* financial regulation and supervision
* total risk managemen