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An Introduction to Forensic Science

An Introduction to Forensic Science

This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying forensic science, chemistry, law, criminology and related subjects at university.

 

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Course Summary

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Forensic science is an exciting and ever-changing field of study, one that focuses on the practical application of scientific theory across a wide range of disciplines, as has been brought into the public eye through numerous television series. This course will provide you with an introduction to the field and its key techniques, uses, and history.

Students taking this course will see that the reality of forensic science, and its role in criminal investigations, is very different to how it is presented in TV dramas such as CSI. This course will provide you with an overview of forensic science, covering the history of the practice, its relationship with the British legal system, its numerous disciplines, and the work typically encountered by a forensic scientist.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: Definition & History of Forensic Science (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial begins by exploring the relationship between science and the law to aid the British legal system. We then move on to discuss the history of forensic science dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, through the centuries all the way up to modern day forensic science in the 21st century. This brief journey through time introduces students to key cases that have helped to develop modern forensic practices.


Tutorial 2: Forensic Disciplines (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will establish an understanding of the numerous disciplines within the field of ‘forensic science’ including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, toxicology, digital crime, and ballistics. The tutorial will address the fundamental types of evidence and associated crimes encountered on a day-to-day basis within each sub-discipline, and will explore some famous case studies to illustrate how forensic theory is applied in practice.


Tutorial 3: Forensic Investigation (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will look in detail at the day-to-day role of working forensic scientists, aiming to dispel common misconceptions about the jobs available in the field of forensics before taking a look at how scientists work together to see a case through successfully from crime scene to court. This tutorial builds on the previous one in its discussion of how law and science must work together to produce a successful outcome.


Tutorial 4: UK Forensic Science Providers (1 - 1.5 hours)

The final tutorial of the course reviews the current state of forensic science in the UK and abroad. It does so by looking at the main forensic service providers in the United Kingdom, how and why they have changed dramatically in the last few years, and what these changes mean for the future of forensic science. This tutorial also aims to bring together many of the threads that have run throughout the course.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for science and criminal investigations
this course would suit students studying towards A-level Biology/Chemistry or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Forensic Science.
Course Level For students applying to university to study Forensic Science or related subjects
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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