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Chemical and toxicological properties of therapeutic and non-therapeutic drugs and the analytical and instrumental methods of their identification and quantification.
FRNSC 541: Forensic Seminar Series
Forensic Seminar Series
Advanced concepts in forensic science through presentation of journal articles, case studies, and research findings. FRNSC 541 Forensic Seminar Series (1) Classroom presentations and discussions will focus on different aspects of forensic science as found in current journal articles, casework studies, and current research projects. In this way, the students will be introduced to concepts, technologies, and methodologies that can be applied in forensic crime laboratories today or in the near future. The classroom discussions will include exercises designed to develop critical thinking skills.At the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding or better understanding of a number of different forensic science concepts.The course is a 500-level forensics course required for the Master of Professional Studies in Forensic Science degree program.
FRNSC 561: Ethics in forensic Science
Ethics in forensic Science
The ethics of forensic science, including issues of evidence handling, data analysis, and courtroom testimony. FRNSC 561 Ethics in Forensic Science (1) Classroom presentations and discussions will focus on integrity, ethical behavior, ethics standards and different examples of ethics violations and misconduct in the forensic science community. In this way, the students will be introduced to the imperative and sensitive issues surrounding professional integrity and ethics.At the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding or better understanding of professional integrity and ethical behavior in relation to forensic science.The course is a 500-level forensics course required for the Master of Professional Studies in Forensic Science degree program.
FRNSC 597: Special Topics
1-9 Credits/Maximum of 9
1-9 Credits/Maximum of 9
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.
FRNSC 801: Criminalistics III
Advanced CSI investigation, criminalistics, and scene reconstruction with mock courtroom testimony. FRNSC 801 Criminalistics III (4) Classroom discussions will expand on the analysis of commonly encountered evidence to demonstrate its usefulness in real-crime investigation. Students will be given problems to research for which there will be real-life examples in either the literature or in court records. Using a problem solving technique, students will research and examine actual analytical data, interpret it and then testify to it in mock court situations. After researching actual cases, students will demonstrate their ability to critically analyze crime scenes. Scenes will be mocked up at the university crime scene house, Spruce Cottage, selected because of their complexity. Students will analyze evidence obtained after processing a crime scene. The students' laboratory analysis will encompass a variety of physical evidence types that will test a student's ability to select an analytical scheme that makes sense in the context of the current case. Integral in this process is the understanding of the operation of criminalistics laboratories and how it relates to the quality assurance function of the laboratory.The course is an 800-level forensics course required for the Master of Professional Studies in Forensic Science, and is the capstone course for completion of the degree.
Prerequisite: FRNSC410 , FRNSC411 , FRNSC413 , FRNSC415W and FRNSC821 or FRNSC831
FRNSC 821: Forensic Molecular Biology II
Forensic Molecular Biology II
Advanced concepts and application of molecular biology techniques to the analysis of biological evidence collected at crime scenes. FRNSC 821 Forensic Molecular Biology II (4) Classroom discussions will expand on the application of forensic DNA analysis using all market types (STR, Y-STR, and mtDNA), including interpretation of complex profiles and mixtures, advanced understanding of instrument operation, and presentation of DNA results in the courtroom. Students will be introduced to technologies that could be applied in forensic laboratories in the near future (e.g., SNP's, micro-capillary arrays, microchips), and will gain an advanced understanding of how forensic DNA laboratories operate and are managed; i.e., quality assurance programs, facility security, proficiency testing programs, basic budgetary and financial issues, and other areas of interest. The laboratory exercises will reflect classroom discussions and students will be expected to prepare courtroom ready materials (data, documents, and demonstrations). The students will be responsible for setting up and running the laboratory in a similar manner to how a real crime laboratory is run. Many of the classroom discussions will be problem solving exercises designed to emphasize specific applications of laboratory analysis.At the end of the course, students will have mastered advanced screening techniques and the three major forensic DNA methods for analyzing biological evidence. Additionally, they will be prepared to work in a forensic DNA crime laboratory, understanding quality assurance, accreditation, and other areas of importance. In the laboratory, students will have analyzed difficult sample types, interpreted complex DNA profiles, and prepared the evidence for advanced levels of courtroom testimony.The proposed course is relevant to any student in the forensic sciences who has an interest in obtaining employment in a local, state or federal law enforcement agency and/or crime laboratory facility. This is an 800-level forensics course that will be required for students in the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Forensic Science degree program who are interested in forensic biology.
FRNSC 831: Forensic Chemistry II
Forensic Chemistry II
Advanced chemical techniques in forensic science, including examination of complex trace evidence and advanced instrumental analysis. FRNSC 831 Forensic Chemistry II (3) The purpose of this course is to provide students with rigorous and comprehensive exposure to the techniques and methods used in private, state and federal crime labs in the analysis of trace evidence. The course thoroughly integrates lecture and laboratory activities to explore the history, controversies and current issues related to each topic. The laboratory component incorporates skill-building exercises with open-ended guided-inquiry laboratory exercises and a semester-long laboratory- and literature-based research project. The course consists of 2 three-hour laboratories per week.
Prerequisite: FRNSC427W and FRNSC415W
FRNSC 894: Research Projects in Forensic Science
1-12 Credits/Maximum of 12
Research Projects in Forensic Science
1-12 Credits/Maximum of 12
Supervised student research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.