The free online course “Introduction to Forensic Science” explores the methods underpinning forensic science, from crime scene investigation to reporting evidential value within a case. The course addresses four major evidence types: drugs of abuse, DNA, firearms and impression evidence, and discusses these through the exploration of a case-based scenario presented across a six-week modular framework.
Introduction to Forensic Science Course Content
A murder case set on the murky shores of Loch Lomond provides the backbone to the course. As the case unfolds each week, a number of evidence types and the forensic science approaches that may be used to evaluate the evidence are explored.
In the first week, we will set the scene and look at how the initial crime scene is processed. Subsequent weeks will introduce various types of evidence including drugs of abuse, fingerprints, DNA, footwear marks and firearms.
Course material is supplemented with opportunities to check understanding and engage with fellow learners, as well as the course leaders, who have international reputations in the field of forensic science. You will be encouraged to formulate (and defend!) opinions on the case, based on your evaluation of the evidence. All will be revealed in the final week, so make sure you are there to find out the identity of the murderer!
No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Created by: University of Strathclyde
- Educator: Penny Haddrill
- Start date: 24 October 2016
- Duration: 6 weeks x 3 hours per week
- Certificates available