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Introduction to Forensic Science

University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Science
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 6 weeks long
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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.

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. 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. Warning: Some of content presented in this course may be distressing to individuals, particularly younger learners. Notwithstanding, the material is representative of that encountered by forensic scientists and we have presented it in an objective and professional manner.

Taught by

Jim Fraser

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Emma A
5.0 5 years ago
by Emma completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was a fantastic course, and I enjoyed it so much I am now enrolled in a bachelors degree in accident forensics. The lectures are devised as part of an actual case, you follow through each week with different forensic subject areas such as fingerprints, DNA, blood, tools etc. Any fan of CSI will have a blast:)
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Nancy E
5.0 5 years ago
Nancy completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was a fascinating course, and the google hangouts were quite helpful. The amount and depth of information presented was amazing. That the instructors invested this much time and effort in offering this course is much appreciated.
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