Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology

The Open University

This course examined how suspects are dealt with during a police investigation and how psychology helped the police with their enquiries. You looked at psychological theories, detecting deception, the psychology behind police suspect interviews and how rapport and respectful communications work.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Dave Hall

University Secretary

The Open University

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Learning outcomes

  • Synthesise and apply psychological knowledge regarding detecting deception
  • Develop and assess an interview plan
  • Apply a psychological model of rapport to suspect interviews
  • Investigate false confessions
  • Identify potential forms of cognitive bias in investigations
  • Apply psychological research to a simulated case study


Week 1: Introduction to the case

  • Witness interviews.
  • Psychological theories and research on detecting deception.

Week 2: Suspect interviews and establishing rapport

  • Psychology behind police suspect interviews.
  • Examples of difficult conversations.
  • Rapport and respectful communication.

Week 3: Confessions

  • Impact and dangers of interviewing techniques.
  • Prioritising lines of enquiry.

Week 4: Conclusion to the case

  • Evidence and truthfulness in interviews.
  • Closing the case.

Issued on 25th December 2021

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Investigating a Murder with Forensic Psychology

The Open University