Free Survey Course on Evidence Gathering

Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is entering the new online educational territory of MOOCs, free massive open online courses. Stevenson will offer a MOOC Survey of Forensics for individuals who want an introduction to the science and discipline of forensic investigation and gathering legal evidence. The course will provide an overview of three important forensics areas of study: Forensic Science, Cyber Forensics, and Forensic Studies.

The free 10-week online course opens on September 30 and ends on December 8, 2013, and will be taught by faculty from Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. To register, visit and click on the “Stevenson’s MOOC” icon.

“Our forensics MOOC is non-credit but is designed to give students a broad survey of the three major areas of forensics and introduce them to the role that forensics plays in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes, financial fraud, and cyber crimes,” said Thomas Coogan, Esq., Chair and Professor of Forensic Studies. “Our hope is that this will attract those who have considered pursuing a career in forensics but need to know more before they enter a program of formal studies in the field.”

Stevenson offers three accelerated forensics master’s programs: Forensic Science, Forensic Studies (offered onsite and online with accounting, information technology, legal, investigation, interdisciplinary, and criminalistics tracks), and Cyber Forensics (offered online) focusing on professional digital evidence collection techniques to identify, analyze, document, and prepare digital evidence for official investigations and legal proceedings. The MOOC will introduce the major concepts and techniques used in forensics investigations such as the “fraud triangle,” chain of custody, crime scene photography, and DNA and trace evidence as well as the new digital frontier of malware and mobile device forensics.

“The fact is that forensics is a part of many aspects of our lives and our society,” said Michael Robinson, Professor and Program Coordinator for Cyber Forensics. “Whether you are a law enforcement officer, an accountant, or an IT professional charged with ensuring the integrity and security of a company’s network and data, forensics plays a role when crimes occur and are being investigated. Therefore, a forensics background is helpful in many career paths—policing and security, criminal law and investigations, auditing, banking, and IT.”

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