It is impossible to cover the whole of forensic science, even at an introductory level, in six weeks. Rather than attempting that, we have adopted a case-based approach which sets out the fundamental principles applying to any investigation where forensic science is involved.

What you will see is a structured flow beginning in week one at the place where forensic science begins, namely the scene of the incident. The incident itself is the glue that binds the course as we move to explore four core but quite different examples of forensic science in weeks 2 to 5, ending in week 6 with a review of how forensic science contributed to the investigation and closure of the case.

What do you know about forensic science?

We’ll start by getting to know each other a bit.

Use the discussion below to share what you think Forensic Science is and what service or information it can provide. This can be based on your experience, what you’ve seen on TV or the cinema or what you’ve read. We may pickup on some of the main points which you raise in our ‘Ask the expert’ step at the end of this week.

Remember, you can ‘like’ comments if you agree with what’s been said or if you have found something particularly interesting, or you can ‘reply’ to comments to initiate a conversation. You can find replies to your comments in the ‘Replies’ tab at the top of each page.

Our case study – a murder by the loch

During the 6 weeks of the course we will be using a case study as a mechanism to demonstrate the various learning points that we will cover.

Our ‘Murder by the Loch’ case is based around a real-life incident involving a homicide. We have made some alterations in order to demonstrate some of the specific aspects of forensic science we will be covering in the course but the main points of the case are essentially unaltered.

The case is introduced in the next video where we will be discussing the initial aspects of the scene and the beginnings of the investigation. We will be updating the case each week, providing you with some more information of how the investigation is progressing and discussing material relating to the case that is relevant to the weekly topic. In the last week we will review the entire case discussing each item of evidence as it was discovered.

We hope that you find the case study a good example of forensic science in action and how it plays a role in a complex investigation.

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
What is Forensic Science 00:03:00
Aspects of Crime Scene Investigation 00:03:00
The 6WS 00:01:00
Section 2: Basic principles of crime scene investigation
Basic principles of CSI 00:04:00
Forensic Science – Have you changed your view? 00:02:00
Theory before data 00:01:00
Section 3: Extras
Quiz 00:10:00

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