About this Course
4.8
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111 reviews
We have all seen forensic scientists in TV shows, but how do they really work? What is the science behind their work? The course aims to explain the scientific principles and techniques behind the work of forensic scientists and will be illustrated with numerous case studies from Singapore and around the world. Some questions which we will attempt to address include: How did forensics come about? What is the role of forensics in police work? Can these methods be used in non-criminal areas? Blood. What is it? How can traces of blood be found and used in evidence? Is DNA chemistry really so powerful? What happens (biologically and chemically) if someone tries to poison me? What happens if I try to poison myself? How can we tell how long someone has been dead? What if they have been dead for a really long time? Can a little piece of a carpet fluff, or a single hair, convict someone? Was Emperor Napoleon murdered by the perfidious British, or killed by his wallpaper? *For Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students, please be noted that this course will no longer be eligible for credit transfer....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
1 hour to complete

Information

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Reading
7 readings
Reading7 readings
Course Overview10m
Connect With Us10m
Your Instructor10m
Glossary10m
Recommended Readings10m
Credits10m
Code of Conduct10m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Forensic Science

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Reading
11 videos (Total 108 min), 1 reading
Video11 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
Reading1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
Week
2
Clock
2 hours to complete

Chemical Analysis in Forensic Science

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Reading
12 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading
Video12 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
Reading1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
Week
3
Clock
2 hours to complete

Time of Death; Blood

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Reading
11 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video11 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
Reading1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 (MCQ Set 1)30m
Week
4
Clock
3 hours to complete

DNA in Forensics

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Reading
12 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 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
Reading1 reading
Lecture Materials10m
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Top Reviews

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.

By VVOct 13th 2016

Professor Roderick Bates is a fantastic lecturer. It is my first time back at school in 23 years and I followed his classes with ease. Highly recommended course for everyone.

Instructor

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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