FORENSIC BIOLOGY SYLLABUS

Fall 2000

CRJU 490: Dr. Tod Burke & Dr. Chuck Neal

Monday: 5:00-6:15 Russell 145 & Wednesday 5:00-7:50 Curie Hall 238

Office: 307 Adams Street, 6C (upstairs)

Phone numbers: 831-6657 (o) 381-5559 (h) 831-6075 (fax)

Email: tburke@runet.edu

Office Hours: Monday: 2:00-4:30 & Tue/Thr 2:00-3:00 (subject to change)

Appointments Available!

*Dr. Neal will provide his office hours and attendance policy as well in a separate handout.

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the biological aspects to forensic science as it applies to criminal investigation and laboratory preparation. The class sessions will be divided into lectures (Monday evening) and labs (Wednesday evening). Topics that will be discussed include, but are not limited to: Crime scene searching, Reconstruction of the crime scene, Chain of custody, The use and misuse of the microscope, Drug/alcohol use and abuse, Serology, DNA, and Hair and fiber analysis. Labs may or may not correspond to lecture/discussion topics! Labs may include DNA fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, blood and saliva testing, human bone and muscle identification.

Text

Luckily for you there is no text required for this course, however handouts are a very real possibility.

Grading

All grades will be based upon quizzes from lectures and labs. The weighted value is 3:1. In other words, the lecture quizzes are valued at 3 times that of a lab quiz/exercise. Dr. Burke will provide the lecture quizzes and grades, while Dr. Neal will provide the lab quizzes, exercises and grades. The lecture quizzes will be designed as hypothetical situations, short answers, etc. There will be no true/false or multiple choice questions (sorry, you will actually have to know the material – no guessing). Any information covered in lecture, guest speakers, labs, videos, handouts, etc. are fair game for quiz material. All quizzes will be noted in advance (no pop quizzes).

Attendance

Students are expected to attend each class. A bonus of 10 points will be added to the students score (not final grade) for perfect attendance. Perfect attendance is defined as not missing ANY class, whether excused or not. Any student missing more than one (1) class (unexcused) will be deducted 10 points for each class missed. A student will not be penalized for an excused absence (other than forfeiting the bonus points) providing that the professor has approved the absence. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Students may be denied entrance to the classroom if tardy ( two tardies = one absence).