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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Greek, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete


7 readings
7 readings
Course Overview10m
Connect With Us10m
Your Instructor10m
Recommended Readings10m
Code of Conduct10m
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Forensic Science

11 videos (Total 108 min), 1 reading
11 videos
Week 1 - 1 Basic Ideas in Forensic Science6m
Week 1 - 2 What is Forensic Science?12m
Week 1 - 3 Application of Forensic Science8m
Week 1 - 4 Limits of Forensic Science10m
Week 1 - 5 Locard's Exchange Principle8m
Week 1 - 6 Roberto Calvi Case8m
Week 1 - 7 Buck Ruxton & the Jigsaw Murders Case6m
Week 1 - 8 Forensic Laboratories18m
Week 1 - 9 Reconstruction & Re-enactment18m
Week 1 - 10 The Woodchipper Murder Case; Summary9m
1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
2 hours to complete

Chemical Analysis in Forensic Science

12 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading
12 videos
Week 2A - 1 Introduction to Atomic Structure16m
Week 2A - 2 Structure of the Atom15m
Week 2A - 3 Elemental Analysis3m
Week 2A - 4 Analysis of Microscopic Objects3m
Week 2A - 5 Napoleon Case9m
Week 2A - 6 JFK Assassination Case4m
Week 2A - 7 "Adam" Case; Summary7m
Week 2B - 1 Introduction to Chromatography15m
Week 2B - 2 GC & HPLC11m
Week 2B - 3 Infrared Spectroscopy7m
Week 2B - 4 Mass Spectrometry; Summary9m
1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
2 hours to complete

Time of Death; Blood

11 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Week 3A - 2 Decomposing Bodies I (Putrefaction)6m
Week 3A - 3 Decomposing Bodies II (Forensic Entomology)11m
Week 3A - 4 Analysis of Skeletal Remains I8m
Week 3A - 5 Analysis of Skeletal Remains II11m
Week 3A - 6 Ötzi Case; Summary3m
Week 3B - 1 Blood13m
Week 3B - 2 Tests for Blood6m
Week 3B - 3 Precipitin Technology3m
Week 3B - 4 Blood Spatter Analysis8m
Week 3B - 5 Lord Lucan Case; Summary7m
1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 (MCQ Set 1)30m
3 hours to complete

DNA in Forensics

12 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
Week 4 - 1 Introduction to DNA16m
Week 4 - 2 Techniques used in DNA Profiling8m
Week 4 - 3 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)4m
Week 4 - 4 Short Tandem Repeats (STR)12m
Week 4 - 5 Colin Pitchfork Case5m
Week 4 - 6 Cold Cases I4m
Week 4 - 7 Cold Cases II3m
Week 4 - 8 Early Uses of DNA Profiling6m
Week 4 - 9 Mitochondrial DNA9m
Week 4 - 10 DNA Profiling of Other Species2m
Week 4 - 11 Peter Falconio & Joanne Lees Case; Summary6m
1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Forensic Science

By DRJul 9th 2019

This was a good course for reviewing forensic medicine. Some detail part of medicolegal aspects are insufficient but as a package, it is most essential for the expert to upgrade their knowledge.

By ERNov 20th 2016

This is by far one of the best courses I have taken. It's intriguing and thought-provoking while providing fascinating information and going into detail on how forensic science works.



Roderick Bates

Associate Professor
Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry | School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. NTU has about 33,000 students in the colleges of engineering, science, business, education, humanities, arts, social sciences. Its medical school is set up jointly with Imperial College London. A melting pot of international award-winning scientists, young talents and eminent global partners, NTU is also home to several world-class research institutes that builds on its strengths in interdisciplinary research....

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