Criminal Justice 341
CRJU 341: Introduction to Forensic Science
Prerequisites: CRJU 320
Credit Hours: (3)
Study of the application of biological and physical sciences in the legal system. The course introduces the student to the basic principles and methods of forensic science.
Note(s): Students may not receive credit for both CRJU 241 and CRJU 341.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Science and the law
(2) History of forensic science
(3) Crime scene processing
(4) Preservation and transportation of physical and trace evidence
(5) Courtroom procedures in presenting evidence
(6) Laboratory processing
(7) DNA analysis and typing
(8) Firearms and ballistics
(9) Questioned documents
(10) Tool mark identification
(11) Fingerprint identification
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
CRJU 341 will be taught primarily by lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Having successfully completed this course, the student will:
(1) Describe the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system.
(2) Explain the major specialty areas in forensic science.
(3) Apply forensic scientific investigative techniques to real or hypothetical scenarios.
(1) Evaluations may include, but are not limited to: exams, quizzes, written assignments, labs, and informal and/or formal presentations.
Other Course Information
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