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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.
MnTC Goals
None

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.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Biological Stain Analysis: DNA
  2. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  3. Collection of Crime Scene Evidence
  4. Computer Forensics
  5. Crime Scene Reconstruction
  6. Document Examination
  7. Drugs
  8. Fingerprints
  9. Firearms, Toolmarks, and Other Impressions
  10. Forensic Aspects of Fire Investigation
  11. Forensic Investigation of Explosions
  12. Forensic Science and the Internet
  13. Forensic Toxicology
  14. Introduction
  15. Legal and Ethical Issues in Processing the Crime Scene
  16. Physical Evidence
  17. Recording the Crime Scene
  18. Role of the Crime Laboratory in Processing Physical Evidence
  19. Securing and Searching the Crime Scene
  20. Trace Evidence I: Hairs and Fibers
  21. Trace Evidence II: Paint, Glass, and Soil

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the process of properly documenting a crime scene
  2. identify legal and ethical issues involved in processing a crime scene.
  3. describe the functions of the crime laboratory and its role in processing physical evidence.
  4. describe the role of the crime scene investigator.
  5. identify equipment used for collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene.
  6. demonstrate the methods used for collection and preservation of evidence at a crime scene
  7. list the various types of evidence typically found at a crime scene
  8. describe crime scene search methods and techniques.

Competency 1 (1-6)
None
Competency 2 (7-10)
None


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