Sep 29, 2023
CJS 2096 - Crime Scene Investigations Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth look into of the topic of crime scene investigations. Students will study the search process, collection of physical evidence, and processing of evidence in the crime lab. Students will examine the equipment and methods used in the collection and processing of specific categories of physical evidence. Students will also explore the legal and ethical issues involved in collecting and processing evidence.
Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher; CJS 2094 with a grade of C or better or instructor consent.
- Biological Stain Analysis: DNA
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
- Collection of Crime Scene Evidence
- Computer Forensics
- Crime Scene Reconstruction
- Document Examination
- Firearms, Toolmarks, and Other Impressions
- Forensic Aspects of Fire Investigation
- Forensic Investigation of Explosions
- Forensic Science and the Internet
- Forensic Toxicology
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Processing the Crime Scene
- Physical Evidence
- Recording the Crime Scene
- Role of the Crime Laboratory in Processing Physical Evidence
- Securing and Searching the Crime Scene
- Trace Evidence I: Hairs and Fibers
- Trace Evidence II: Paint, Glass, and Soil
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- describe the process of properly documenting a crime scene
- identify legal and ethical issues involved in processing a crime scene.
- describe the functions of the crime laboratory and its role in processing physical evidence.
- describe the role of the crime scene investigator.
- identify equipment used for collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene.
- demonstrate the methods used for collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene
- list the various types of evidence typically found at a crime scene
- describe crime scene search methods and techniques.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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