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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

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

4 hours to complete
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

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2 - Elementary: source is not activity !

3 hours to complete
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

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Week 3 - DNA is not the magic bullet

4 hours to complete
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

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Week 4 - Trials by Numbers or Numbers on Trial

2 hours to complete
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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