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Such a good course!

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Badenkate Mon 05-Sep-16 18:30:09

Some time ago I did a forensic science course on Futurelearn called 'Identifying the dead'. It was put on by the University of Dundee and Val McDermid wrote a lot of the story. The idea was that a dog walker (of course!) found some bones and it followed week by week how the dead person could be identified, and cause of death found, and finally who was responsible for the death, all using forensic techniques which are taught at the university.
This course was so good that it has been short-listed for a Times Higher Education Award!
I really recommend it for any of you who enjoy reading books about crime and detection - and it does tend to involve a lot of cake cupcake

ninathenana Mon 05-Sep-16 18:35:05

Oh thanks. Will show this to H, it's definitely his"thing"

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 18:51:22

I did the "Introduction to Forensic Science" course. Over six weeks, we gradually heard more about the evidence in a murder case, from the blodstains and fingerprints to the trajectory of the bullets. It was based on a real case. That was excellent too, lots of factual stuff about the different types of forensic evidence and how it is detected and analysed, interspersed with interviews with the people involved and accounts of how the results of tests threw light on what had happened (and on the discrepancies in witness statements.

It does show up the mistakes in detective stories!

Nxt week I am signed up to start the "Forensic Psychology" course, on what people say and what they mean.
I am looking out for "Identifying the dead" too.

Badenkate Mon 05-Sep-16 18:53:25

I did the 'Introduction' one as well Elegran - that was a Scottish university as well, wasn't it? The Forensic Psychology one sounds interesting, I'll have a look at it.

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 18:55:49

Your post triggered me to look for Identifying the Dead - the next run of it starts on November 7th. I have signed up.

Badenkate Mon 05-Sep-16 19:11:25

I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It was great fun.

Badenkate Mon 05-Sep-16 19:13:40

I've just joined the Forensic Psychology course Elegran - see you there!

Elegran Mon 05-Sep-16 19:24:39

See you soon Badenkate!

MiniMouse Tue 06-Sep-16 10:25:30

This sounds right up my street, but do you have to complete modules within a specified time? I sometimes find that ME makes it hard to sit and concentrate for a length of time at one stretch.

Badenkate Tue 06-Sep-16 10:50:54

Absolutely not MiniMouse. Most courses stay active for several months, and you can complete them in your own time. Why don't you try one and see how you get on? They are free and all you need is a computer : then you can do as much or as little as you like. I'm sure Elegran and I would be delighted if you joined us on the Forensic Psychology course if that interests you smile

MiniMouse Tue 06-Sep-16 11:12:04

Thank you BadenK, the course sounds fascinating. The human brain/mind is an intriguing subject! I'll sign up and see how far I can get smile

Deedaa Mon 12-Sep-16 21:06:38

I've just signed up for the Introduction to Forensic Science course. smile

BlueBelle Tue 13-Sep-16 08:21:13

Sounds fascinating is there a link for the course

Elegran Tue 13-Sep-16 10:08:28

I've had one day of the Forensic Psychology course and it is very good.

Bluebelle go to and look for the Forensic Science one in the list of courses.

Elegran Tue 13-Sep-16 10:11:23

By the time we all finish these courses we could set up a Gransnet Criminal Investigation Bureau - reasonable fees, plus cake and wine at all meetings.

Elegran Tue 13-Sep-16 10:28:48

Try this link, Bluebelle Next course starts 24th October.

BlueBelle Tue 13-Sep-16 12:13:46

Thanks Elegran I ll try it out when I get back sounds really interesting

Jayh Tue 13-Sep-16 13:18:30

I signed up for the Forensic Psychology course after hearing Prof Pike talk on Sunday. Looking forward to getting started.

MargaretX Thu 15-Sep-16 17:34:03

I've started Forensic Psychology this week. Very interesting. Thanks for the tip!

Jayh Thu 15-Sep-16 17:47:10

It is a good course. Can't wait for the next instalment.

Badenkate Thu 15-Sep-16 19:08:33

Enjoying it as well. Really makes you think about how reliable your evidence would really be shock

Elegran Thu 15-Sep-16 19:39:09

It is pitched just right for me. I have done a nutrition course that was too simplistic (boring and full of people who were amazed to learn the most elementary things about their insides) and a climate change one that had a lot of maths and was full of people exchanging complicated equations confused.

Nelliemoser Thu 15-Sep-16 20:17:08

It sounds good. I will investigate.

Nelliemoser Thu 15-Sep-16 20:24:44

Well what fascinating stuff. It's the science stuff that appeals to me.

Jayh Wed 12-Oct-16 22:31:52

I am half way through the Forensic Psychology course now. Is anyone else still doing it? It is so interesting.