Course Abstract Details

FSCI-210, Forensic Science

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

FSCI-210, Introduction to Forensic Science, introduces the student to the various scientific disciplines involved in the collection and analysis of evidence in criminal investigations. Includes the history, theories, principles, and practices of forensic sciences in the criminal justice system. Topics include crime scene investigation, trace evidence, fingerprints, forensic chemistry, firearms examination, DNA and bloodstain pattern analysis. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-099 and CRIM-101 with a minimum of C grades OR completion/exemption of one of the following lab sciences: Biol-101, BIOL-105, CHEM-101, CHEM-105 with C grades or better. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

FSCI-210, Forensic Science

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

FSCI-210, Introduction to Forensic Science, introduces the student to the various scientific disciplines involved in the collection and analysis of evidence in criminal investigations. Includes the history, theories, principles, and practices of forensic sciences in the criminal justice system. Topics include crime scene investigation, trace evidence, fingerprints, forensic chemistry, firearms examination, DNA and bloodstain pattern analysis. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-099 and CRIM-101 with a minimum of C grades OR completion/exemption of one of the following lab sciences: Biol-101, BIOL-105, CHEM-101, CHEM-105 with C grades or better. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives:
1. Describe the theories and principles of the various forensic science disciplines, their interrelatedness and application to criminal investigations. (GE2, GE3; PG2)
2. Describe the history of forensic science and recognize how it has evolved through the years.
3. Explain the basics of evidence collection and analysis. (GE2; PG2)
4. Describe the importance of forensic science and expert witness testimony in court proceedings. (GE2, GE7; PG2, PG3)
5. Perform collaborative activities to develop a familiarity with the basic equipment and procedures used in forensic science.(GE2, GE3, GE4, PG2, PG3; PG4)
6. Process and analyze forensic samples in both real and virtual laboratory settings using the scientific method to reach valid conclusions. (GE2, GE3, GE4; PG2, PG3)
7. Research and present information on selected topics using various modes of communication (oral, written, and/or visual). (GE1, GE4; PG1, PG2, PG3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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