Course Description:A discussion of discovery, recognition, observation, identification, collection and comparison of physical evidence, including a review of various current techniques in the testing of physical evidence. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy:The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, reading, dialogues, examinations, videos, current event articles and writings.
Learning Outcomes:Students will evaluate the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system. Students will identify the latest technologies available to crime laboratory personnel. Students will explain the nature of physical evidence. Students will identify the methodology used in collection and testing of physical evidence. Students will discuss the collection and preservation of physical evidence.
Course Assessment:Examinations, presentations, papers and current events articles relating to criminal justice.
Grading:Examinations Two 30 percent each 60 percent Research paper and presentation 30 percent Class Participation 10 percent Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D Below 60 F
Late Submission of Course Materials:Late submission of course material will result in a reduction of grade by 10 points per class period.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:Students are required to participate in class discussions in an orderly and respectful manner. Students are not to disrupt the class under any circumstances. Any problems or concerns should be addressed individually to the professor.r
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:Day Date Chapters
Mon. Oct. 24 1 & 2 Introduction/Crime Scene Wed. Oct. 26 3 & 4 Physical Evidence
Mon. Oct. 31 5 & 6 Organic/Inorganic Analysis Wed. Nov. 2 7 & 8 Microscope/ Hairs, Fibers Mon. Nov. 7 9& 10 Drugs/Forensic Toxicology Wed. Nov. 9 Exam One Mon. Nov. 14 11 Arson and Explosion Invest. Wed. Nov. 16 12 Forensic Serology Mon. Nov. 21 13 DNA Wed. Nov. 23 14 Fingerprint Mon. Nov. 28 15 -17 Firearms, Document Exam. Wed. Nov. 30 18 The future Mon. Dec. 5 - Research Papers – Wed. Dec. 7 - Research Papers Mon. Dec. 12 - Review – Wed. Dec. 15 - FINAL EXAMINATION
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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