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Introduction to Forensic Science - Chapter Summary
Check out this collection of engaging forensic science lessons to review the field's history, trends and services. Our lessons are taught by expert instructors who explain the basics of forensic science in a way that's easy to understand and remember. You can work through the chapter at your own pace using any computer or mobile device. Be sure to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to help you retain essential forensic science terminology and concepts. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize the history of forensic science
- Compare different types of forensic science
- Describe current forensic science trends
- Recognize services that are offered in forensic laboratories
- Identify various specialized forensic services
- Assess the role of subject-matter experts in forensic science
1. What is Forensic Science? - Definition, History & Types
The popularity of forensic science has increased in recent years. Various popular television shows have highlighted the use of science to investigate and solve a variety of crimes. This lesson will define forensic science and explore the history of this essential investigative field.
2. The History of Forensic Science: Timeline & Facts
Crime scene analysis shows are all the rage right now. But how did we get to where we are today? In this lesson we'll review the history of forensic science, stopping along the way for some notable and interesting contributions.
3. Current Trends in Forensic Science
Forensic science is incredibly helpful to investigators who are solving crimes, but it's not considered flawless. This lesson will look at current and future trends in forensics, and discuss problems that still need to be managed.
4. Forensic Laboratories: Description & Services
In this lesson, a description of forensic laboratories and the services offered will be discussed. Upon completion, the reader should have a firm knowledge of what occurs at forensic laboratories.
5. Specialized Forensic Services: Types & Description
In this lesson, three different kinds of specialized forensic services will be discussed. A description of each of these professions will be provided: forensic accounting, forensic psychology, and forensic odontology.
6. Subject Matter Expert in Forensic Science: Definition & Role
In this lesson, a definition of subject matter experts in forensic science and this individual's role will be explained. Upon completion, the reader should have a strong knowledge of what a subject matter expert is and what he does.
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- Conducting Death Investigations
- Trace Evidence in Hair & Fibers
- Fingerprint Analysis & Collection
- Types & Uses of Microscopes
- Firearms, Tool Marks & Impression Evidence
- Drugs & Substances in Forensic Science
- Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Serology
- Basics of DNA in Forensic Science
- Fire & Explosion Investigations
- Computer & Mobile Device Forensics
- Forensic Document Analysis