This is my introductory lecture given in a forensics class about the field of forensic science. It describes some of the history of forensics, people involved in major discoveries, and a list of the main topics in forensic science. There is an embedded youtube video in the prezi and the powerpoint. The video is a quick clip of a PBS series on how Sherlock Holmes changed police investigations. The content in the prezi and powerpoint are identical so it is just a matter of choice for the teacher. Do you want to use the free prezi or purchase the powerpoint from my TPT store?
- Definition of Forensic Science
- Fields of Study
- Historical Contributions to the Field
- Types of Crime Labs
- Locard’s Principle of Exchange
The prezi above is available for free and there is a student note-guide available in my TPT store, plus a powerpoint version of the prezi if you prefer that format:
This lecture takes approximately 60 minutes depending on how much detail and examples are given. It is good to use in a Forensics course in high school or introductory college level setting.
After this introduction, move on to Laws & Evidence and also Observation Skills.
Check out the Forensics page for a full list of resources available for a Forensic Science course.