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    FREE online Forensic Science course, starts 06 Jan 2014

    Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, is offering a FREE 6 week online course - An Introduction to Forensic Science


    The course addresses four major evidence types: drugs of abuse, DNA, firearms and impression evidence, and discusses these through the exploration of a case-based scenario presented across a six-week modular framework.

    A murder case set on the murky shores of Loch Lomond provides the backbone to ‘Introduction to Forensic Science’. As the case unfolds each week, a number of evidence types, and the forensic science approaches that may be used to evaluate the evidence, are explored.

    In the first week we will set the scene and look at how the initial crime scene is processed. Subsequent weeks will introduce various types of evidence including drugs of abuse, fingerprints, DNA, footwear marks and firearms.

    Course material is supplemented with opportunities to check understanding and engage with fellow learners, as well as the course leaders, who have international reputations in the field of forensic science. You will be encouraged to formulate (and defend!) opinions on the case, based on your evaluation of the evidence. All will be revealed in the final week, so make sure you are there to find out the identity of the murderer!


    REQUIREMENTS
    No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required. Warning: Some of content presented in this course may be distressing to individuals, particularly younger learners. Notwithstanding, the material is representative of that encountered by forensic scientists and we have presented it in an objective and professional manner.
    It starts today, sign up for free here
    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/...rensic-science

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    Thanks Amber34; just signed up!

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    Signed up a day late!
    Unless I provide a link, every one of my posts are to be considered rumor, Speculation, or simply MY OWN OPINION.

    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”


    The missing and murdered cannot cry out for Justice. It is the duty for the living to do so for them.

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    We spoke, prayers were answered!

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    I don't think that will matter - I only happened upon it a couple of hours before midnight on the sign up day myself but at just three hours a week, it won't be difficult to catch up.

    It was flagged up to me by my crime novelist friend - I will be looking out for evidence of the course in her next book

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    I just signed up too
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    I hope you all like the Scottish accent

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    I signed up too!! So glad to see Tulessa here. I claim the seat next to her in class!! I hope other join us.
    SwampMama

    GUILTY!!!

    Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/...d_of_2004.html

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    I just joined too! One of my goals this year was to learn at least half a dozen new things, so this is the perfect start Thanks! Look forward to hanging out in class with you guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber34 View Post
    I hope you all like the Scottish accent
    I'm glad they have transcripts of the lectures...
    Opinions expressed are strictly my own (who else would they belong to???)

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    I just signed up.
    The above mentioned text and views are my opinion and mine alone.


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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Venom View Post
    I just signed up.
    Ditto!

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    Thanks for sharing this, I just signed up. Should be fun
    Hillsborough 15/4/1989 JFT96 GBNF YNWA *Verdict - The REAL Truth: 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed*

    Celebrating Mr Skibaboo RIP Baljeev Johal, my dear friend. RIP

    Case Map Database - Links to all Case Maps I have created, and their related Websleuths threads

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    So- what does everyone think about the course so far?
    (haven't signed up yet myself because I wanted some feedback.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by YESorNO View Post
    So- what does everyone think about the course so far?
    (haven't signed up yet myself because I wanted some feedback.)
    I haven't signed up either..just now heard about it. Sounds interesting. There are a lot of terms and conditions!

    I hope to hear some feedback as well!

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    skibaboo is offline <3 The amazing Mr Skibs, GBNF <3 Now an 'official' crazy cat (& Map) lady.
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    I just completed week one, I'm finding it fun and informative so far
    Hillsborough 15/4/1989 JFT96 GBNF YNWA *Verdict - The REAL Truth: 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed*

    Celebrating Mr Skibaboo RIP Baljeev Johal, my dear friend. RIP

    Case Map Database - Links to all Case Maps I have created, and their related Websleuths threads

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