Forensic science is the science of linking people, places and things that are involved in criminal activity. The goal of this online course is to provide the student with a basic, introductory overview of forensic science. The student will learn the fundamentals of the different disciplines that encompass the field of forensics.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•Define forensic science.
•List disciplines within forensic science.
•Describe the procedures of crime scene investigation.
•Discuss the importance of safety procedures and evidence handling at the crime scene and/or at the laboratory.
•Describe the different types of physical evidence and pattern evidence.
•Describe the different types, parts, and forensic applications of the microscope.
•Discuss the processes of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.
•List and recognize the different fingerprint pattern types and characteristics.
•Define forensic chemistry and the disciplines within that section.
•Define forensic biology and the disciplines within that section.
•Define trace evidence and discuss the different types of trace evidence.
•Discuss the role of forensic expert witnesses, the rules of evidence, and the importance of Frye and Daubert court cases.
•Describe quality assurance and know its importance.
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 5.40 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 40 hours. The course cost is $199.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Crime Scene Investigation
Unit 3: Basics of Evidence
Unit 4: Microscopy
Unit 5: Spectroscopic Techniques and Separation Methods
Unit 6: Pattern Evidence
Unit 7: Friction Ridge Examination
Unit 8: Forensic Chemistry
Unit 9: Forensic Biology
Unit 10: Trace Evidence
Unit 11: Other Areas of Forensic Science
Unit 12: Science and Law
Unit 13: Forensic Laboratory Quality Assurance
There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
Frequently Asked Questions
• Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the “my grades” tab in the course once it has been updated.
• Are discussion posts required? Answer: Yes, all the discussion posts in this course are required.
•Adobe Acrobat Reader
•Adobe Flash Player
There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.
Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
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