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Kristina Šekrst profile image
Kristina Šekrst profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 2 months ago
This is one of the best courses in Coursera. It has a great scientific overview with carefully chosen real-life examples from previous historical cases, and even ones that happened a couple of years ago, whi... This is one of the best courses in Coursera. It has a great scientific overview with carefully chosen real-life examples from previous historical cases, and even ones that happened a couple of years ago, which makes the forensic science even more alive. The instructors goes over the most important parts of forensic analysis: determining the time of death, analyzing hair, fibres, DNA and fingerprints, studying about ballistics and bullet trajectories, analyzing toxins and poisons, giving scientific considerations about crime scenes etc. The quizzes were easy, but the course features also peer-reviewed exercises with fictional cases you had to describe and solve, and that was the most entertaining part. The teaching style was great, there's almost a perfect ratio of theory and practice, and I've really enjoyed prof. Bates' sense of humor and his methodological approach. I've learned a lot, and I'm recommending this course to everyone!
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
This course was actually fairly fun and interesting (though I did have some personal problems watching some of the lectures due to my own tolerance, but that's okay; I actually noticed I'm not as affected if... This course was actually fairly fun and interesting (though I did have some personal problems watching some of the lectures due to my own tolerance, but that's okay; I actually noticed I'm not as affected if I only listen, and it's the audio that's usually important) One major problem with it, though (and I noticed another reviewer on here mentioned this) was with, of course, the peer reviewers. For the two peer review assignments the "rubric" is just a set of guidelines (and this is stated clearly in BOTH pinned threads on peer reviewing; it's actually the first thing stated in both) so all the complainers do have some reason to flood the discussion forums after seeing how some people grade. Though the Course team can't really do anything about it, so it's pretty much a moot point. This isn't to scare people off, in fact the assignments are still fun even though some peers mark too strictly (it's a downfall of p2p, really) and those two assignments are only 20% of the grade (though I could see how a person on the signature track would be annoyed by been graded down if they happened to have a great explanation but were off from the guidelines) I'll probably even take it again, mostly because life got a bit busy so I missed the submission date for the last quiz and peer assignment. I will say that the quizzes were challenging to me, but all the answers are in the videos and it tells you by the quiz which sets of videos will be included (under the Weekly Assignments page, anyway) So, in summary the course is great some of the peers not so much, but that's what happens in courses. I'd still suggest it to anyone interested in Forensics and how all of the science behind it works.
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