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Knowledge Solutions is pleased
to offer Forensic
DNA 101, An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis.
It is brought to you by instructors Keith Inman and Norah Rudin, highly
regarded experts in the field of DNA. We believe there is nothing else
quite like it being taught. The instructors
base this course on their book, An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis.
DNA 101 provides
the student with the foundational knowledge of forensic science, molecular
biology, and genetics that is needed to understand forensic DNA typing.
The student will learn how these fundamental concepts and techniques
are applied in the specific DNA tests that are currently used in forensic
The instructors discuss the
underlying scientific principles of forensic DNA typing, clarify terminology,
and translate buzzwords, using explanations understandable to the layperson.
They explore DNA evidence within the context of forensic science in
general, and help the student gain an appreciation of the advantages
and limitations of specific tests and laboratory techniques. The student
will be introduced to actual DNA test results.
The latter half of the coursewill take the student through a case scenario, emphasizing
the interpretation and significance of results. Advantages and limitations
of the various techniques will be discussed in more detail. The role
of forensic DNA typing in the judicial system will also be briefly reviewed.
The instructors explore DNA
evidence within the context of forensic science in general, and cover
its use in the criminal justice system and the courtroom. The student
will gain an appreciation of the advantages and limitations of specific
tests and laboratory techniques. Forensic
DNA 101 will emphasize the interpretation and evaluation
of significance of actual DNA test results.
The course consists of weekly
online lesson plans in the form of web pages. The instructors will assign
reading and suggest discussion topics for the web-based discussion forum.
The instructors are always
available by email.
For a full course outline,
please link to the syllabus.
The following are required
for successful completion of this course:
A basic understanding
of the Internet and how to access its resources.
Competency with and
access to Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer or another forms
capable browser, with the ability to view both text and images.
A valid email address
and familiarity with sending and receiving email.
There will be periodic self-correcting
exercises to test your learning throughout the course. Discussions will
be held in the discussion forum area. The student is encouraged to post
frequently, but is not required to do so.
of Completion may be earned by gaining a passing score
on a post-test which can be taken at the end of the class.
To learn more about Keith
and/ or Norah, please click on their names above to be taken to the
Instructors page. You may also want to visit their Forensic Education and Consulting
Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, 2nd Edition
by Keith Inman and Norah Rudin is the required textbook for this course.
This book can be easily
purchased from our online Forensic Science Bookstore. Just click on
the book link above. For more books on this topic, visit the DNA
course for me?
Please be sure to read the
syllabus, to see what topics will
This course is specifically
designed as an introductory course, and as such, has no prerequisites.
However, people who can directly
benefit from this course are:
Law Enforcement Professionals
Crime and Mystery writers
Please note the
Saturday start date for this 6-week course.
Maximum course size:
4-5 hours /week
Due to the nature of our online courses, course materials and the discussion
forum are available 24 hours a day and can be accessed according to
the student's individual schedule. Thus, the time commitment can only
be an estimate on our part and will vary from student to student.
Total registration fee per
student is $180.00 US, which does not include the price of the
To register, please
click on the registration link at the top of this page.
The deadline for registrations
& payments is:
note: Payment by check or money order
must arrive at our office, and credit
card payment must be authorized, no later than
the Registration & Payment deadline in order to ensure enrollment
and to avoid a $10 late charge. Late registrations are accepted after
the deadline as long as the course remains open for registration;
generally the first week or two of the course. Refund policy -
We regret that we cannot refund enrollment fees if you choose to withdraw
from a course once you have confirmed your registration with payment.
Please see the Student FAQ
for more details or write the Director of Forensic Services
with any questions.
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how a Knowledge Solutions course works, please consult the FAQ.
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