Forensics: Science Behind CSI|
Fall 2014 not offered
Think crimes are really solved in an hour with time for commercial breaks? Did you ever wonder what really happens at a crime scene? This course will give participants the opportunity to become criminologists by introducing concepts as important and diverse as proper documentation of a scene to evidence chain of custody to analytical, physical, and chemical testing in a hands-on environment. Ethical and legal issues as well as admissibility of evidence will be discussed. Lectures will prepare students for group discussion and lab work in fingerprinting, fiber analysis, and other physical testing used in today's state-of-the-art forensic labs.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Girard, James E., CRIMINALISTICS: FORENSIC SCIENCE AND CRIME.
Additional articles as needed.
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Students will be required to prepare for class by reading relevant assigned materials. Short weekly lab exercises will be completed. Final project will include crime scene analysis as a team, report on the crime scene submitted by the group and a short team presentation on crime scene findings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is designed for non-science majors. As a first-year initiative, this course will be strictly limited to 20 students.
The course will encourage collaborative learning as students work on teams to solve crimes and reporting findings. Student performance will be evaluated through short weekly lab assignments, discussion participation, and a final team project involving the analysis of a crime scene.