Learn the importance of physical evidence in solving crimes, elements of fingerprinting, how to perform a gunshot residue test, evidence collecting and processing methods, and the use of forensic light source technology. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of effective communication and interpersonal skills, professional development, strong academic skills, problem solving, safety, and the use of technology.
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EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS (ESs)
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the history of forensics and its relationship to developing technology; understand the basic elements of commonly investigated crimes.
- Demonstrate knowledge of camera formulas, close-up photography, image enhancement, and the use of video cameras.
- Demonstrate the ability to process evidence relating to a crime scene, including making casting impressions, while observing all safety rules and regulations.
- Understand the importance of lifelong learning in adapting to changing technology.
- Distinguish between direct and cross-examination methods; identify steps in preparing for a trial.
- Discuss and compare the three types of fingerprints found at crime scenes using methodology to recover, evaluate pattern interpretation.
- Explain the methods used to recover and preserve different types of evidence, including impression evidence, biological evidence trace evidence and firearm evidence.
- Discuss aspects of work-based learning experiences.
- Describe ethical and unethical behavior as it applies to forensics; know the consequences of unethical behavior.
- Elicit information from witnesses and transcribe information into logical, objective format using correct language structure, in a detailed report.
Personal and Professional Skills
- Listen attentively, follow directions and effectively relay directions to others.
- Utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
Career Planning Skills
- Research and establish education and career goals related to the criminal justice system.
- Research employment opportunities, prepare a portfolio and resume; prepare for an interview.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Administration of Justice course.