Introduction to Forensic Science

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Forensic Science

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Forensic Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university level biology/chemistry.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module is designed to introduce Level 4 students to the key types of forensic science
    and to the role and expertise of different forensic specialists. This module is also
    designed to encourage independent learning and research.

    The module first introduces students to the various categories of forensic evidence,
    before going on to cover these in greater detail.
    Autumn Semester content summary: an introduction to the human skeleton, skeletal
    anatomy, forensic toxicology and Hair analysis.
    Spring Semester: designed to introduce students to the key type of forensic sciences
    and to the role and expertise of different forensic specialists.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Introduction to forensic science and the different types of forensic evidence.
    ? Introductory skeletal anatomy, post mortem change and the autopsy process
    ? Serology and DNA profiling in forensic cases
    ? Forensic toxicology ? introduction and case studies
    ? Fire investigation ? introduction and case studies
    ? Firearms investigation ? introduction
    ? Forensic psychology - introduction
    ? Document analysis ? introduction and case studies
    ? Forensic entomology ? introduction and case studies
    ? Forensic geoscience - introduction

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions

    ? Exam: 2 in-course MCQ tests (70%)
    ? Practical: in-course practical test (30%)
    ? MCQ test
    ? Practical Test
    ? MCQ test
    ? Practical Test

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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