Introduction to Workplace Investigations Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introductory Video
  • Course Learning Objectives
  • Course Outline
  • Discussion: Student and Instructor Introductions

Module 1: What is an Investigation?

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 1
  • Definition of an "Investigation"

         - What does Systematic Mean?
         - What are Facts?
         - Describing and Explaining
                Reflections about Motive
                Additional Reflections about Explanation

  • Quiz: Module 1

Module 2: What are Relevant Facts?

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 2
  • What are Relevant Facts?

         - Relevant Facts: Potential
         - Relevant Facts: Help

  • The Investigatory Question
       - The Investigatory Question: An Example
  • Discussion: Writing an Investigatory Question

 Module 3: Forms and Types of Evidence

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 3
  • Forms of Evidence

         - Testimonial Evidence
         - Documentary Evidence
         - Physical Evidence
         - Demonstrative Evidence
         - So What? Who Cares?

  • Types of Evidence
       - Direct Evidence or Eyewitness Testimony 
       - Circumstantial Evidence
       - Where is the ear?
  • Quiz: Module 3

 Module 4: Three Values of a "Real" Investigation

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 4

        - Value: Speed
             Evidence and Time (or speed)
        - Value: Thoroughness
             More is Better!
         - Value: Objectivity

Module 5: Investigatory Policy and Procedure: Standards

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 5

         - Standard #1: Investigatory Values
         - Standard #2: Behaviorally Written Reports
         - Standard #3: If True, Is the Alleged Occurrence a Violation?
         - Standard #4: Assigning an Investigator
               Assigning an Investigator
               Questions When Assigning an Investigator

  • Discussion: What can we do Better?

Module 6: Investigatory Practice: Standards

  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives: Module 6

         - Standard #5: Identify Time and Space
         - Standard #6: Create the Investigatory Question
         - Standard #7: Identify Relevant Information
         - Standard #8: Preserving Evidence Prior to Collection
         - Standard #9: Sequencing the Collection of Relevant Evidence
         - Standard #10: Physical Evidence and Chain of Custody
         - Standard #11: Interviews -- Helping Witnesses to Remember
         - Standard #12: Creating Written Statements
        - Standard #13: Collecting Documentary Evidence

Module 7: Final Assessment