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Introduction to Forensic Science

University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn

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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.

You will learn forensic science through a theoretical murder case set on the murky shores of Loch Lomond. 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, just a desire to learn forensic science. 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


4.8 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Emma Abbott 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:)
  • Nancy Edwards

    Nancy Edwards 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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    i love forensic medicine ,forensic phatology and forensic sience what i like about these subject is examination i want to study these subject
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