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Procedural Forensics For The Writer




6 Months

About the Course

If you are a writer who wants to create realistic and compelling crime scenes, you might be interested in taking a course on Procedural Forensics for the Writer. This course will teach you the basics of forensic science and how to apply it to your fiction. You will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret evidence, how to reconstruct events from physical clues, and how to avoid common mistakes and misconceptions.

The course covers different aspects of procedural forensics, such as fingerprints, DNA, ballistics, bloodstains, toxicology, and more. Each module includes readings, quizzes, and assignments that will help you practice your skills and test your knowledge. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation in procedural forensics and a toolkit of techniques to enhance your writing. Remember, all the information contained in this course is geared toward providing an overall summary of crime scene forensics for writing purposes. It's purpose is not for certification. This course barely skims the surface of the studies listed below. A more in-depth course will be provided in the near future depending on interest.

The course consists of modules, each with a specific learning objective and a practical assignment. For each module, materials have been provided to help you through the course and allow for quick references or easy use to complete assignments. There is no pass or fail; the information provided here is meant to help you hone your craft. The modules are:

Module 1: Multiple Lessons

Introduction to Forensic Science. You will learn the history, principles, and methods of forensic science, as well as the roles and responsibilities of forensic experts.

You will learn:

  • what forensic science is

  • what are the origins of forensic science

  • how forensic science developed over the years from ancient time to modern day

  • the basic principles and methods of forensic science

  • what is a crime scene investigation

  • evidence collection and analysis

  • the importance of expert testimony

  • the different types of forensic experts

  • the different types of specialized fields

    • forensic pathology

    • toxicology

    • anthropology

    • psychology

    • others

Practical Assignment



Module 2: Multiple Lessons

Crime Scene Investigation. Crime Scene Investigation is a fascinating field that combines scientific knowledge, analytical skills, and attention to detail. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to secure site, document everything, and process a crime scene

  • how to identify and collect different types of physical evidence

  • how to use various tools and techniques to analyze the evidence and draw conclusions

  • a solid understanding of the principles and practices of crime scene investigation

Practical Assignment



Module 3: Multiple Lessons

Fingerprinting: Fingerprints are unique patterns of ridges and valleys on the surface of human fingers. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how fingerprints are used for identification and forensic purposes

  • what fingerprints provide

  • how to classify, compare, and match fingerprints

  • about fingerprint databases and software

  • about the history of fingerprinting

  • about the science of fingerprinting

  • the applications of fingerprint analysis

Practical Assignment



Module 4: Multiple Lessons

DNA Analysis. DNA Analysis is a fascinating field of study that allows you to explore the molecular basis of life. In or lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to extract, amplify, and sequence DNA

  • how to use DNA profiling and databases

  • various techniques and tools that are used in DNA analysis

    • PCR

    • gel electrophoresis

    • sequencing machines

  • how to interpret and compare DNA profiles from different sources

  • a solid understanding of the principles and applications of DNA analysis

Practical Assignment



Module 5: Multiple Lessons

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis is a forensic technique that can help you reconstruct the events of a violent crime involving bloodshed. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • the importance of examining the shape, size, and distribution of bloodstains

  • how the direction, angle, and velocity of blood impact is determined

  • the type and location of the weapon used in relation to the crime

  • the basic principles and methods of bloodstain pattern analysis

  • how to apply them to real cases

Practical Assignment



Module 6: Multiple Lessons

Ballistics. Ballistics is the study of the behavior and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, shells, rockets, and bombs. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to examine firearms, ammunition, and gunshot wounds

  • how to determine the caliber, trajectory, and distance of a shot

  • about the different types of firearms, their mechanisms, and their classifications

  • practical skills in handling, testing, and analyzing firearms and ballistic evidence

Practical Assignment



Module 7: Multiple Lessons

Trace Evidence. The Trace Evidence module for course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and techniques of forensic science. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • about topics such as hair, fiber, glass, soil, paint, and gunshot residue analysis

  • the use of microscopy, spectroscopy, and chromatography in trace evidence examination

  • the role of trace evidence in crime scene investigation and reconstruction

  • the legal and ethical issues involved in trace evidence testimony

Practical Assignment



Module 8: Multiple Lessons

Toxicology. Toxicology is the scientific study of the effects of harmful substances on living organisms. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how toxicologists use various methods and techniques to analyze biological samples

  • what type of samples toxicologists analyze

  • what do toxicology analyses determine

  • how can toxicology be applied to many fields

  • the skills and knowledge to perform tests

  • how to interpret results

  • how to report findings

  • what these findings can help solve

Practical Assignment



Module 9: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Pathology. Forensic pathology is a branch of medicine that deals with the investigation of deaths that are sudden, unexpected, or violent. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what forensic pathologists do

  • what types of death can be determined by the forensic pathologist

  • who the forensic pathologist works closely with

  • what do forensic pathologists provide

  • who benefits from what the forensic pathologist provides

Practical Assignment



Module 10: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Psychology. Forensic psychology is a fascinating field that combines psychology and criminal justice. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to apply psychological theories and methods to various aspects of the legal system

  • what is profiling offenders

  • what is assessing witnesses and suspects

  • how evaluating mental states and competencies applies to the crime scene

  • about the ethical and professional issues that forensic psychologists face in their work

  • a better understanding of how psychology can help solve crimes and promote justice

Practical Assignment



Module 11: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Anthropology. Forensic anthropology is a branch of science that applies the methods and knowledge of physical anthropology to legal cases involving human remains. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how to identify human remains based on skeletal features

  • what things are identified through forensic anthropology

  • how to estimate the time of death

  • how to estimate the cause and manner of death

  • how to determine the personal identity of the deceased

  • the basic principle and techniques of forensic anthropology

  • the ethical and legal issues involved in this field

Practical Assignment



Module 12: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Entomology. Forensic entomology is the study of insects and other arthropods in relation to criminal investigations. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • how entomology can help forensic scientists

  • how to collect, preserve, and analyze insect evidence from crime scenes

  • how to identify the most common species of insects and arthropods involved in forensic cases

  • how to use insect life cycles and behaviors to estimate the postmortem interval or PMI

  • the principles and applications of forensic entomology

Practical Assignment



Module 13: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Accountant. A forensic accountant investigates financial fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, or other crimes involving money. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • more about what forensic accountants investigate

  • a famous case where a forensic accountant cracked the case

  • what their job entails

Forum Discussion: Famous Case

Practical Assignment



Module 14: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Odontologist. A forensic odontologist examines teeth and dental records to identify human remains or bite marks. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what a forensic odontologist is

  • when a forensic odontologist is used in a crime scene analysis

  • what their specialty is and what the results do

Pracical Assignment



Module 15: Multiple Lessons

Forensic Linguist. A forensic linguist analyzes written or spoken language. In our lessons,

You will learn:

  • what a forensic linguist does

  • what else forensic linguists detect through their analyses

  • when a forensic linguist is brought into a crime

Practical Assignment



Course Summary

By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation in procedural forensics and a toolkit of skills and techniques that you can use to craft realistic and engaging crime stories.

Breakdown of Fees: $904.00

$ 200.00 - base programming

$ 200.00 - For module set-up

$ 400.00 - For lessons: including:

  • videos

  • our copywritten forms

  • other materials

  • research

  • resources

  • forum access

  • instructor access

  • Practical Assignments & Instructor Assessments

  • Quizz

  • Summary

  • 6 month access to program


  • taxes

  • service fee

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Your Instructor

J.L. Slipak

J.L. Slipak

Certified Freelance Writer, Editor, Published Author, CEO of Dark Dove Publishing, Over 40 Years of Experience in The Written World

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