Member – Serial Offenders: Analysis and Investigation – January 2022



Course Language: English

Difficulty Level/Intended Audience: Intermediate. Students are suggested to have a basic understanding of analytical skills and/or 2-3 years of experience. 


This course will examine the different types of serial offenders. Students will study the methods of case analysis and crime linkage. This course will examine factors that influence serious violent criminals and their behavior. Students will learn the investigative process as it applies to serial offenders by examining case linkage analysis, profiling serial offenders, and victimology. This course will focus specifically on serial murder, rape, arson, robbery, burglary and sex offenders. Case studies are used throughout the course to thoroughly examine the behavioral aspects of serial offenders, the aspects of serial crimes and the investigative process.

Recommended Textbook – Optional:  Serial Offenders: Theory & Practice, First Edition, Kevin Borgeson & Kristen Kuehnle. ISBN: 9780763777302
(All other readings will be provided on the learning platform)


Students should expect a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week to gain a pass grade. This course will be graded as a pass/fail and students who pass will earn a certificate. This is not a self-paced course; we will advance as a group. Students can login anytime to work as needed. We will use a variety of ways to allow for student participation and interaction. Each week students will have chapter readings, an assignment, discussion forum, quiz or case study.

Invitations to the learning platform will be sent the weekend before class starts.

Class will be held online for a total of 12 weeks. There are no live meetings. The IACA training site will be Each week there will be a combination of PowerPoint lecture, assignments, discussions, quizzes, and case studies. The course weeks start on Sundays and the assignments will be due by the next Monday (8 days). It is your responsibility to ensure assignments are completed on time (work is due on Mondays by midnight). There will not be points deducted for work submitted after the due date. All course work will be completed directly on the training site. Each week a content folder will be available that will contain that week’s materials. There will be case studies presented that will reinforce the topic of the week.


The materials we will be covering contain graphic photos and disturbing content, which can be upsetting to some. This class covers some violent criminal cases in order for us to learn and analyze offender behavior. Please be advised about this material, as it can be disturbing. Please shield your screen from others.

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