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Introduction to Forensic Science

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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Rating 4.7 based on 192 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Apr 12 (yesterday)
Cost $49
From Nanyang Technological University, Singapore via Coursera
Instructor Roderick Bates
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Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Biology Basic Science

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There are 2 main problems with that course This course is a great foundation for anyone interested to learn the basics of forensic science, and the assignments are both challenging and interesting.

Professor Bates takes extra time to explain material regarding forensic science, making it simplifed for beginners but also introducing us to more complex fields of work.

A very well taught course that explains complex, but at the same time very interesting topics in forensic science.

Special thanks to our professor who's been super good in explaining each and every aspect of this course relating forensic science techniques.

:) Fantastic introduction to the area of Forensic Science!

Good introduction for Forensic Science novices.

I have taken a lot of MOOCs relating to forensic science, but this one was the most in depth.

I learned a lot, and I understand so much more about how different forensic sciences work.

Brillia I am fascinated by the Forensic Science field and this course was invaluable for me.

very interesting course Very good course that provides a little more than only basics of forensic science at the same time giving overview of the major areas that this subject covers.

Best course for beginner who wants to know about Forensic Science.

It's intriguing and thought-provoking while providing fascinating information and going into detail on how forensic science works.

Very good introductory course, gives very good background on forensic science, evidence collection and analysis.

This corse is teaching me everything I need to know about Forensic Science!

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case studies

Lots of case studies and additional reading for understanding lectures and connecting them with real life forensics.

great course work.great case studies that make you think.very good course design.i hope there is an intermediate or an advanced course in future relating to field of forensics,Thanking the entire team of University.

I felt the case studies could have been better prepared and more direction given in how to grade the submissions.

I would highly recommend this to anyone, no need to have too much scientific knowledge, just basics, everything is explained incredibly well and the lessons are engaging - especially the case studies.

I've taken many, many Coursera courses and this is one of the best if not the best.Video presentations are given in a straight forward manner with real world case studies that demonstrate application of topic material.

I loved plethora of examples and case studies.

The 2 case studies engaged the students in problem solving and reinforced what they learnt throughout the course.

Clear, concise subject delivery, citing practical case studies during the lectures to illustrate the principles.

its really been a wonderful time learning this course because i have learnt so much It has provided a good amount of information to understand the basics of the subject with lots of case studies makes us understand the application dynamics as well.

I have learned many techniques and case studies from this forensics science course without having the stress of failing the module in school.

I really enjoyed the presentation and case studies.

Loved the real life case studies.

The multiple choice quizzes do test your knowledge, but I believe the real test of knowledge comes from the two case studies that you have to complete.

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so much

It can get very technical at some points, but not so much that a beginner couldn't understand.

Thank you so much Nanyang Tech for proving this opportunity!

Wonderfull, I loved so much The course was brilliant I just wish we had been given more mentor, lecturer input and when do we get to know the right answers.

But it is a major challenge - you need to cover so much ground that it's hard to keep focused, to design lectures with acceptable depth of contents without making it run for months.

I will say that the quizzes were challenging to me, but all the answers are in the videos and it tells you by the quiz which sets of videos will be included (under the Weekly Assignments page, anyway) So, in summary the course is great some of the peers not so much, but that's what happens in courses.

Excellent I've learned so much and it will help me starting a career in Forensic world It was very interesting!

As a beginner in Forensic science, I gathered so much knowledge.

Thank you so much!!!

i learnt so much more than i thought i would.

I have no background in science and everything is explained very well, I am learning so much.

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recommend this course

I recommend this course to anyone interested in forensic science.

Great courseInformative, I would recommend this course A great course to get an overview of forensic science and learn about all the important techniques of the field.

I highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in exploring the field of Forensic science.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Forensic Science.

I would highly recommend this course for any person interested in forensic science and application.

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highly recommend

Highly recommended It's Innovation courses Very informative course.

Highly recommended course for everyone.

I'm having best experience ever, learning in such way great way just splendid, i would prefer this rather then classroom.. its educational and the cases helps you to understand in an easier way, it was also a good reminder of some old learned info stacked in the back of my brain...highly recommended!!

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very well

this course is extremely interesting and very well presented.

Good lectures I am really enjoying this course: it is very well made and I am learning a lot of interesting informations that other similar courses do not even mention.

forensic scientist Very interesting course which was very well presented.

Very well presented,simple and covers a wide range of Forensic science Les devoirs à rendre étaient un peu long Well laid out course.

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roderick bates

prof roderick bates speaks and explains eloquently, you understand everything.

Lots of effort went into this course by Dr Roderick Bates.

Particularly enjoyed Professor Roderick Bates' informal style and witty comments during the video classes.

Great Course to get some insite on what to expect in U Professor Roderick Bates is a fantastic lecturer.

Roderick Bates is an excellent teacher!

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anyone interested

I'd still suggest it to anyone interested in Forensics and how all of the science behind it works.

Nice course for anyone interested in how forensics really work.

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One of the best courses so far Ive done here at coursera.

This is one of the best courses in MOOC domain.

This is by far one of the best courses I have taken.

This is one of the best courses in Coursera.

:) 11 Star excellence :D This is one of the best courses in Coursera.

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case study

I am fascinated by case study involving brain storming.

Many case study examples to illustrate forensic techniques, interesting and inspiring!

The material is good, but the format of the case study submission has allowed numerous cases of cheating and plagiarism.

It's human nature - this sort of assignment brings out people's wildest, craziest conspiracy theories, and you cannot show them they're wrong because they'll see evidence for their paranoia everywhere - in their heads of course the professor is an idiot and the case study is wrong and the "official" solution makes no sense.

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Rating 4.7 based on 192 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Apr 12 (yesterday)
Cost $49
From Nanyang Technological University, Singapore via Coursera
Instructor Roderick Bates
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Life Sciences Biology Basic Science

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