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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Week 1 - What is the "DNA" of a good forensic report ?

12 videos (Total 124 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Presentation and visit of The School of Criminal Justice7m
Course learning objectives10m
Week 1 Introduction: What is the “DNA” of a Good Forensic Report?14m
Forensic Science and Evaluative Reporting9m
Uncertainty in the Criminal Trial13m
Principles of forensic reporting (Part A): 1st Principle12m
Principles of forensic reporting (Part B): 2nd and 3rd Principles7m
ENFSI Guideline for Evaluative Reporting13m
Conclusion of week 1: What is the “DNA” of a Good Forensic Report?10m
Interview with Prof. Colin Aitken8m
Interview with Dr. Sc. Sheila Willis8m
7 readings
Instructors10m
Development Team5m
Guests interviewed10m
Syllabus and Grading policies10m
Discussion forum guidelines10m
Getting started: Break the ice !10m
Additional literature Week 110m
1 practice exercise
Week 130m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Week 2 - Elementary: source is not activity !

8 videos (Total 132 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Part A - DNA recovered on a suspect (1): Hierarchy of Propositions13m
Part A - DNA recovered on a suspect (2): the Weller Case15m
Part B - Gunshot residues recovered on a suspect: The George case26m
Part C - DNA recovered on a victim (1): the Butler and Nealon cases20m
Part C - DNA recovered on a victim (2): Checklist for auditing statements8m
Week 2 Conclusion - Elementary: Source is not Activity !5m
Interview with Dr. Sc. CBE Ian Evett and Prof. Graham Jackson34m
1 reading
Additional literature Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Week 230m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Week 3 - DNA is not the magic bullet

12 videos (Total 200 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
DNA in the lab (1): From Detection to Quantification14m
DNA in the lab (2): From Amplification to DNA Profile21m
Part A - The Knox and Sollecito case (1) Summary of the circumstances10m
Part A - The Knox and Sollecito case (2) Low Template DNA13m
Part A - The Knox and Sollecito case (3) Discussion and Conclusion19m
Part B - Transfer and pollution (1) the Jama case10m
Part B - Transfer and pollution: The Probability of Error/Pollution13m
Part C - Transfer and pollution: the Anderson and Scott cases14m
Week 3 Conclusion: DNA is not the Magic Bullet7m
Interview with Prof. Peter Gill27m
Interview with Prof. Pierre Margot37m
1 reading
Additional literature Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Week 330m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Week 4 - Trials by Numbers or Numbers on Trial

8 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Part A - Statistics in Court (1): the Clark and Collins Cases13m
Part A - Statistics in Court (2): the Clark and Collins Cases12m
Part B - The Transposed Conditional (1): Prosecutor's Fallacy18m
Part B - The transposed conditional (2): The Adams and the Dreyfus Cases14m
Week 4 Conclusion: Trials by Numbers or Numbers on Trial ?3m
Interview with Prof. David Kaye19m
Interview with Prof. William Thompson12m
1 reading
Additional literature Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Week 430m
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Top reviews from Challenging Forensic Science: How Science Should Speak to Court

By BPMar 21st 2019

Terrific course. Excellent instructors with essential guest participation and interviews. I'd very much like to see followup courses.

By GPJan 11th 2019

Excellent Course, The transcripts should also be translated to other languages for the sake of non english speaking participants.

Instructors

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Alex Biedermann

Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice - ESC
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Franco Taroni

Full Professor
School of Criminal Justice - ESC
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Christophe Champod

Full Professor
School of Criminal Justice - ESC
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Tacha Hicks

Scientist
School of Criminal Justice - ESC

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