Introduction to Forensic Science

Penny Haddrill, University of Strathclyde

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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!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In this special extended run of the course the Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, however the course encourages the development of a strong learning community. The learning is focussed around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives.

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.

Dates:
  • 7 September 2020
  • 24 February 2020
  • 30 September 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 1 October 2018
  • 9 April 2018
  • 9 October 2017
  • 24 October 2016
  • 18 April 2016
  • 8 June 2015
  • 5 January 2015
  • 6 January 2014
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  • Language: English Gb

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