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Fall 2021

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CRJ125 - Introduction to Forensics

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Familiarizes students with the basic principles of crime scene investigation and the scientific concepts and techniques used in a forensic laboratory thorough participation in crime scene analysis, evidence collection and evidence preservation. Provides practice in forensic crime laboratory procedures involving various branches of forensics, including fingerprinting, toxicology, serology and impression evidence. Fall only. Two class hours, two lab hours.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Define forensics.
2. Differentiate among the various branches of forensics.
3. Describe a typical forensic crime laboratory.
4. Describe the proper procedures for processing evidence at a crime scene (searching, marking, sketching, documenting, photographing, collecting evidence).
5. Demonstrate proper use of microscopes in forensic analysis.
6. Utilize the scientific method to interpret scientific results.
7. Interpret post mortem evidence (such as autopsy results, entomology and forensic anthropology) to determine post mortem interval.
8. Compare known trace evidence (such as fibers and hairs) with suspect evidence.
9. Describe the various ways that blood is used to help solve crime (including blood typing, toxicology and blood spatter.)
10 Explain the importance of DNA in forensic examination.
11. Compare known fingerprints with prints found at a crime scene.
12. Explain how ballistics is used in forensic analysis.
13. Compare and contrast individualized and comparison evidence.
14. Explain how the Locard Exchange Principle is used in forensics.
15. Summarize the significant court decisions relating to the admissibility of scientific evidence in the courtroom.
16. Prepare proper forensic lab reports.


Effective Term: Fall 2019