Introduction to Forensics Lecture & Note Guide

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?

Topics include:

  • 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:

Introduction to Forensics Note Guide for Free Prezi

In Practice…

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.