Other Courses

 

1) DISTANCE LEARNING DIPLOMA IN DEATH INVESTIGATION 

 

To fulfill a long standing need, the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, has organized a  Distance Learning course leading to Diploma in Death Investigation. The course is open to Inquirers into Sudden Deaths (Coroners), Police Officers, Doctors and Lawyers. No person shall be eligible for registration for the programme of study leading to the Diploma in Death Investigation unless she/he

(a) has obtained six ordinary passes at G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) Examination with at least three years’ work experience in the field of Death Investigation or,

(b) has obtained three passes at the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) examination with at least one year’s work experience in the field of Death Investigation or,

(c) is a person who has work experience in the field of Death Investigation for a period of over five years provided that she/he has obtained recommendation of the Head of any such institution in which she/he works or has worked. Each application under this clause shall be considered on its merits.

(d) is an inquirer into sudden deaths    


 COURSE

The main objective of the course is to provide up-to-date, advanced and relevant knowledge in  the field of Death Investigation.                                                                                                                                                            

  • The programme of study leading to the Diploma shall be of six months duration and the examination shall be held within a reasonable period after the said six months. However, the Faculty shall, in exceptional circumstances, vary this period with the approval of the Senate.
  • A candidate will be required to submit a proposal for the extended essay on a topic relevant to the course. Such a proposal should have prior approval from the Faculty. The proposal should be submitted prior to completion of three months from the date of commencement of the course.
  • The medium of instruction and examination for the Diploma shall be  Sinhala and Tamil. The course will not be held unless there are 25 applicants in any one stream.
  • The participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of participation, if requested.

 COURSE CONTENTS

Module 1- Historical aspects of Death Investigation

 1.1 Historical Evolution of Death Investigation

 1.2 ‘Coroner system’ in the United Kingdom

 1.3 Death Investigation in  Sri Lanka and other countries

Module 2- Law and Legal System in Sri Lanka

 2.1 Laws relating to Death Investigation in Sri Lanka.

 2.2 Deficiencies in the laws.

 2.3 The role of the Registrar General.

 2.4 Exhumation.

 2.5 Burial and cremation.

Module 3 -Inquest

 3.1 Inquest procedure.

 3.2 Evidence.

 3.3 Verdict.

Module 4- Forensic aspects of Death Investigation

 4.1 Basic Anatomy.

 4.2 Basic Physiology.

 4.3 Injuries – types and causation.

 4.4 Sudden natural death – causes.

 4.5 Autopsy examination. (Pathological and Forensic)

 4.6 Post-mortem changes.

 Module 5 - Prevention of deaths

 5.1 Death Investigation to ascertain the circumstances of death and recommend preventive measures.

 5.2 Investigating hospital deaths.

 5.3 Medical ethics and medical negligence.

 Module 6- Role of the Police in Death Investigation

 6.1 Responsibilities and duties of the police in homicides, suicides, accidents and suspicious deaths.

 Module 7 -Human Rights and Death Investigation

 7.1 Introduction to Human Rights.

 7.2 Protection of Human Rights of the relatives of the deceased.

 COURSE EVALUATION

An examination leading to Distance Learning Diploma in Death Investigation will be held at the end of the course for those who successfully complete the course. All candidates should submit an extended essay consisting 5000 words. The written examination consists of a written essay type paper. 

 APPLICATIONS

Advertisements calling applications for the above course will appear in national newspapers. Application forms can be obtained from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08.

Tel : 0112694016


 COURSE FEE 

The fees may be paid in two installments. The first installment should be paid at the beginning of the course and the second installment to be paid within three months of the commencement of the course.

 Please note that fees paid are not refundable and subject to revision from time to time. Apart from course fees, a separate examination fee will be charged.

 

Application Fee : 
Rs. 100/=(Deposit on the application code-311050700001-People's Bank)
Course Fee : Rs.25,000/=
Examination Fee: Rs. 500/=

Please note that closing date for the above course will be extended till 20th March 2015.

The Course Director
Distance Learning Diploma in Death Investigation,
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology,
Faculty of Medicine,
Kynsey Road, Colombo – 08.
Tel: 0112694016 , 0112695300-ext.148
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 



2) DIPLOMA IN FORENSIC MEDICINE & SCIENCE


To fulfill a long standing need, the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, has organized a course leading to Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science. The course is offered to lawyers, who would be in a position to benefit from an advanced knowledge of all branches of forensic medicine & Science.

 It is designed to suit even a busy lawyer who can spare a few hours during the weekend to attend lectures, seminars and practical demonstrations.

COURSE

The main objective of the course is to provide up-to-date, advanced and relevant knowledge in Forensic Medicine and Science to members of the legal profession (a) to enable them to have a better understanding of the interface between law and forensic medicine and science and (b) to be better equipped to evaluate and consider expert medical and scientific evidence for expeditious and efficient administration of justice.

 At the completion of the course the diplomates would:  

  • Know relevant medical and scientific terms and usages commonly occurring in reports, evidence and literature, and the law relevant to legal medicine and forensic sciences; 
  • Understand the meanings of relevant technical terms and phrases, and be able to use them in communicating  ideas in situations where these have a bearing on the interpretation of the law, and in the effective dispensation of justice;
  • Develop the skill of interpreting medical and forensic science reports and documents, and be able to handle expert evidence effectively; 
  • Know, and be able to utilize medical and scientific evidence, and also know and be sensitive to their limitations;
  • Develop attitudes of team spirit in the investigation of crime and dispensation of Justice, respect towards expertise, and build healthy interactional relationships with expert and professional witnesses; 
  • Understand the nature of specified practical procedures and be able to utilize the findings/opinions regarding them in procedures of investigation, litigation and dispensation of justice.

COURSE CONTENTS

  • Introduction and scope of Forensic Medicine and Science; Basic anatomy, physiology and pathology: Principles of diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Injuries – types, patterns, complications, interpretation, medico-legal aspects.
  • Investigation of sudden death, changes after death, judicial autopsy, inquests, scene of death, mass disaster. 
  • Identification of living and dead. 
  • Principles of forensic odontology and radiology. 
  • Sexual offences, abortion, infanticide, domestic violence, child abuse and custody. 
  • Toxicology – principles and medico-legal issues related too poisoning, drug abuse and alcohol abuse. 
  • Forensic serology and DNA profiling. 
  • Mechanical asphyxia. 
  • Interpretation of scientific evidence; trace evidence 
  • Medical ethics and legal issues related to medical practice. 
  • Evidence and expert witness 
  • Forensic psychiatry 
  • Industrial diseases and injuries 

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION 

The duration of the course is one year (three terms) and there will be approximately 90 hours of instruction. 

Lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and tutorials will take place one to two days a week mostly in evenings and/or on Saturday morning. 

The participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of participation, if requested. 

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION 

The course is open to lawyers and those who have a first degree in law. An interview and /or an entry examination may be held to select candidates.  

COURSE EVALUATION

An examination leading to Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science will be held at the end of the course for those who successfully complete the course. All candidates should submit a dissertation consisting 6000 – 8000 words. The written examination consists of a written essay type paper.

 APPLICATIONS 

Advertisements calling applications for the above course will appear in national newspapers. Application forms can be obtained from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08.

 Tel : 0112694016

 COURSE FEE

Application Fee: 
Rs.300/= (Deposit on the application code-311050700001-People's Bank)
Course Fee :      

Rs.65,000/=

Examination Fee: Rs. 1500/=

Please note that fees paid are not refundable and subject to revision from time to time. Apart from course fees, a separate examination fee will be charged.

Please note that closing date for the above course will be extended till 20th March 2015.

The Course Coordinator
Diploma in Forensic Medicine & Science,
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology,
Faculty of Medicine,
Kynsey Road, Colombo – 08.
Tel:0112694016,0112695300,
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.