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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Forensic Science (FRNSC)

FRNSC 200 (GN) Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (3) This course offers an exploration of the science, management, and investigative techniques for the field of crime scene investigation.

FRNSC 200 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (3)

Students will develop the intellectual skills needed to be able to plan for and organize a crime scene investigation. Each student will understand the nature and value of each kind of physical evidence and how to recognize, collect and preserve it. They will research all the topics in this course and provide their own evidence of competency in each in the form of a professional portfolio. A student who demonstrates competency in the subject matter of this course:

*Employs the philosophies and practice of science;
*Generates hypotheses of crimes based on evidence;
*Can use deduction in a scientific manner;
*Is tenacious when recovering and developing evidence;
*Prescribes recovery and development cascades for: fingerprints; trace evidence; impression evidence;   photographs; biological evidence
*Prescribes and amends crime scene search plans;
*Sketches crime scenes to scale;
*Makes competent use of limited time, human and other resources;
*Calculates: measurements for crime scene sketches; bullet trajectories; Angel of impact; and area of impact
*Provides complete, admissible reconstruction reports;
*Understands and accounts for chain of custody

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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