Explore the methods underpinning forensic science, from crime scene investigation to reporting evidential value within a case. The course “Introduction to Forensic Science” 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!
Introduction to Forensic Science Course Content
The course includes the following topics:
- The fundamental principles applied to any investigation where forensic science is involved.
- Basic principles of crime scene investigation.
- The theory of fingerprints, blood pattern analysis, DNA, footwear and tool mark impression evidence, and drugs of abuse in the context of Forensic Science.
- The nature and limitations of the evidence that scientific tests deliver.
- Interpreting the evidence presented as part of a case study by considering the subjective and objective nature of the evidence and what this may mean to the strength of your conclusions.
- The use of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
- 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.
Summary of Course Main Features
- Educator: Penny Haddrill – a forensic scientist and educator based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, teaching principally on the MSc and PgDip Forensic Science degrees.
- Developed By: The University of Strathclyde – a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.
- Duration: 6 weeks x 3 hours per week
- Start Date: 7 September 2020