The course will explore the fascinating topic of forensic science. In the first week participants will be introduced to a crime scene and each week will examine a piece of evidence relating to a suspected poisoning. As the course progresses participants will have to decide, based on the evidence collected: was a crime committed? What happened at the crime scene and who committed the crime? The topics explored during this course will include an introduction to toxicology including poison and toxin analysis.
Aims of the course:
- To introduce participants to forensic science.
- To show how crime scenes are examined and evidence collected.
- To present crime scene evidence online for participants to evaluate, enabling students to identify the perpetrator of the crime.
- To provide an understanding of poisons, toxins and venoms. From selected examples participants should be able to identify which poison, toxin or venom caused the death, from looking at the crime scene and symptoms prior to death.
- To illustrate how poisons, toxins and venoms are analysed in a forensic investigation.
This course will begin with an introduction to forensic science and the examination of a crime scene. Participants will be introduced to a crime scene in the first teaching week and will collect evidence from the scene which they will then examine in the following weeks. Participants will learn about the science behind the technology which is used to analyse evidence. Participants will receive results from the evidence which has been analysed and will have to figure out which of the suspects committed the crime.
- Induction Week: 2-8 June 2014
- Teaching Weeks: 9 June-13 July 2014
- Feedback Week: 14-20 July 2014