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CJC 205 - Introduction to Forensics

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a study of the scientific aspects of criminal investigation. Included are the study of fingerprints, the application of forensic sciences and the collection and examination of evidence. The student learns the capabilities of the advanced police science laboratory in the study of firearms, hair, fibers, blood, paint, tools, poisons and other material.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Appraise court rulings and their impact on investigative procedures.
  2. Describe the value of forensic laboratories.
  3. Summarize the importance of cooperation from everyone involved in the analysis of physical evidence.
  4. List the expertise of various personnel in the forensic laboratory.
  5. Describe the importance of comprehensive report writing.
  6. Outline the proper method of locating, packaging, recording and preserving evidence.
  7. Describe the importance of advances in technology.
Listed Topics
  1. History of forensic science
  2. Basic procedures of a forensic laboratory
  3. Use of a microscope
  4. Examination of hair, fibers, paint, fingerprints, blood, tire and shoe prints
  5. Legal restrictions placed on physical evidence
  6. Role of the evidence technician
  7. Criminal investigation, methods and applications
  8. Types of computer crime
  9. Safety concerns involved in the collection of evidence
Reference Materials
A contemporary text in that field.
Approved By: Murphy, Michael Date Approved: 01/06/2014

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