Essential Practices of Forensic Science (3) Basic practices of forensic science including documentation methods (measurements, notes, sketches, and photography), microscopy, communication of results, and integration of concepts from other sciences including chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as mathematics and statistics.
FRNSC 210 Essential Practices of Forensic Science (3)
In this course, students will learn the essential practices of forensic science and criminalistics. The necessity of an objective, rigorous, scientific approach in a forensic investigation will be stressed. This course will prepare students to understand the foundation of forensic science practice including the basic knowledge required to understand the nature and origin of physical evidence, preservation of the physical evidence record, forensic microscopy, and communication of results. This course uses an intensive, problem-solving style and through practical exercises, students will be introduced to:
• Documentation techniques including measurements, notes, sketches, photography, and other techniques
• Basic microscopy and forensic microscopy
• Verbal and written communication of forensic findings
The primary aims of the course are to:
• Introduce students to scientific philosophy, integrity, forensic science, criminalistics, basic practices of forensic science/criminalistics, and the role of the criminalist as they relate to a forensic investigation
• Prepare students for advanced 400-level courses in forensic science and criminalistics
General Education: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: FRNSC 100
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.