Forensic Science & Law

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COURSE OBJECTIVE

Lawyers, forensic scientists and other fact investigators spend considerable time engaged in the gathering and organization of “evidence” that will be presented at trial. The aim of this course is to learn how diverse scientific methods are applied by practitioners of forensic science in the acquisition, interpretation and presentation of physical, biological and other evidence. By combining selected activities from the fields of criminalistics and the law of evidence, this course hones your to visualize the full train of events from searching for evidence through to its presentation in court.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an online course. All lectures, assessment and other course elements will be delivered online.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Terence Anderson, David Schum and William Twining. (2005). Analysis of Evidence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2nd Ed).
  • Bertino, Anthony J. (2012). Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations 2012 Update. Nelson Education, 2012.
  • Bell, S. (2016). Forensic Chemistry. Pearson Education.