Administration of Justice
October 31, 2011
Introduction to Forensics
This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances.
Role of Forensic Science within the Criminal Justice System
Crime Scene analysis versus crime scene processing
Analysis of Pattern Evidence in Investigations
Principles of Fingerprint Identification
Analysis of Document Evidence
Firearms and tool mark analysis
Collection, Preservation and analysis of DNA evidence
Arson and Explosives evidence
Types of Controlled Substances evidence
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
Identify and explain the role of forensic specialists in the Criminal Justice System.
Identify the various types of crime scenes and differentiate between crime scene process versus crime scene analysis.
Identify and differentiate the types of pattern evidence and explain their respective importance in crime scene reconstruction.
Identify and explain Personal Identification Patterns that identify a person.
Identify and explain the processes for analyzing questioned documents
Identify and explain the processes for analyzing tool mark and firearm evidence.
Identify the three methods of DNA typing.
Explain the procedures for the collection and preserving DNA evidence to prevent contamination.
Identify and Differentiate the chemical and material evidence in Arson and Explosives crime scenes.
Identify and Differentiate depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, and narcotic substances and explain the methods of analyzing each type of substance in a forensic laboratory.
Objective and subjective examinations/quizzes
In class exercises/presentations
The Science of Crime Scenes, Houck, 2012, 1st Ed.
Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigation, Bertilo, 2016, 2nd Ed
Criminalistics: Forensic Sciences, Crime & Terrorism, Girard, 2015, 3rd Ed.
May 09, 2016
orig app year 2010