The course uses a mix of videos, articles and activities, with plenty of opportunities for discussion with fellow learners and further research.
At the end of each week of the course there is normally a set of multiple choice questions to test your understanding of what you have learned, and this will count towards your overall course score. Please note that this is a FutureLearn score, and is not
valid as credit for other courses at the University of Leicester - although a MOOC is a great 'taster' for university learning.
Weeks 3-6 involve discussion activities which require students to assume one of the four Criminal Justice System roles when discussing a particular topic/debate about forensic science. Depending on the capabilities of the platform, you could be assigned to one role for the duration of the course, or you could be assigned to a different role per week.
Criminal Justice System roles:
- Police Officer – representing the interests of the police, in terms of law enforcement and criminal investigations
- Forensic Expert/Crime Scene Investigator – recovery and analysis of forensic evidence from crime scenes, and expert testimony in the criminal courts
- Lawyer/Judge – representing the point of view of the legal system and the criminal court process
- Member of the public – this role represents the average member of society, who may one day find themselves serving on a jury or being a victim of crime