Forensic Engineering OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Forensic Engineering Course by The Open University

Published Feb 06, 2009

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Forensic engineering is a growing field that focuses on product testing and analysis. The Open University offers a free course, 'Introduction to Forensic Engineering,' which introduces engineers, designers and patent agents to the basics of forensic engineering, including analysis methods, professional issues and more. This is a masters-level course.

Introduction to Forensic Engineering: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Forensic Engineering: Course Description

Forensic engineers work to detect product defects that could lead to product failure or accidents. 'Introduction to Forensic Engineering' offered by The Open University covers the basics of this field starting with a definition of the role of the forensic engineer. Analysis techniques, such as causal analysis and fault-tree analysis, are discussed along with an in-depth discussion of forensic methods, including macroscopic and microscopic inspections, chemical analysis and mechanical testing. Several case studies illustrate the failures of different types of devices due to design faults, material degradation or poor processing. Case studies used include examinations of storage tanks, plastic seals and fittings, fuel pipes and medical catheters. The graduate-level course is designed for engineers, designers and patent agents interested in forensic engineering and requires an estimated 20 hours to complete.

Online notes, study questions, four case studies, videos, an activity and a discussion forum are all available through this OpenCourseWare. To view the course materials, visit the forensic engineering course page.

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