Nanyang Technological Univ offers online course on Forensic Science

Introduction to Forensic Science


Introduction to Forensic Science is an online course conducted by the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This course provides an understanding of how basic scientific principles underpin forensic science and can contribute to solving criminal cases.

About the course

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.

Course Syllabus

Week 1 Topic: Introduction to Forensic Science

Week 2 Topic 1: Atomic Structure & Spectroscopy

Topic 2: Molecular Spectroscopy & Chromatography

Week 3 Topic 1: Time of Death

Topic 2: Blood

Week 4 Topic: DNA

Week 5 Topic 1: Fingerprinting

Topic 2: Polymers & Fibres

Topic 3: Firearms

Week 6 Topic: Narcotics

Week 7 Topic: Toxicology

Week 8 Topic: Case Studies


Knowledge of High School or O-level science is advantageous.

Course Format

The class will consist of:

  • Lecture videos about 3 - 20 minutes in length

  • 3 Graded Multiple Choice Quizzes (MCQ) (75% of total assessment)

  • 2 Graded Case Study Assignments which will involve Peer-to-Peer Assessment (20% of total assessment)

  • 5 Graded Single Opinion Polls (5% of total assessment)
  • Course Sessions

    August 11, 2014 - October 6, 2014

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