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Forensic DNA 101
Course Description

An Introduction to
Forensic DNA Analysis

Note: Keith Inman and Norah Rudin are guest instructors of Knowledge Solutions LLC.
They can be reached at:
Keith Inman:, Norah Rudin:

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Purposes and Objectives
Lesson Plan
Is this course for me?
Course Schedule
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Purposes and Objectives:

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.

Forensic 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 laboratories.

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 course will 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.

For a full syllabus, please refer here:
DNA Syllabus.

Lesson Plan:

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A Certificate of Completion may be earned by gaining a passing score on a post-test which can be taken at the end of the class.


Keith Inman, M Crim

Norah Rudin, PhD

Dr. Rudin and Mr. Inman have co-authored An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis and Principles and Practice of Criminalistics: The Profession of Forensic Science. They also teach a variety of general forensic and forensic DNA courses for the University of California at Berkeley extension.

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 web page.


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An 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 Evidence bookshelf.

Is this course for me?

Please be sure to read the syllabus, to see what topics will be covered.

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:

  • Attorneys
  • Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Private Investigators
  • Crime and Mystery writers

Course Schedule:

Starting Date:


Ending Date:


Please note the Saturday start date for this 6-week course.

Maximum course size: 50 students
Time Commitment: 4-5 hours /week

Please note: 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 textbook.


To register, please click on the registration link at the top of this page.

The deadline for registrations & payments is:


Please 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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