Forensic Science 495

FOSC 495: Seminar in Forensic Science

Prerequisites: FOSC 201 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (1-4)

This seminar highlights topics of current interest in Forensic Science.  It provides in-depth study (through advanced readings and lecture) of recent issues and controversies in the Forensic Sciences, leading to critical evaluation of these issues and generation of Best Practice guidelines in Forensic Science.  May be repeated for credit when content differs. Detailed Description of Course


Detailed Description of Course

Since this is a topical seminar, course content varies with each offering.  However, all offerings of this seminar will focus on some aspect of Forensic Science which is current and innovative and perhaps controversial.  Students will study this topic in greater depth than allowable in other Forensic Science courses.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Since this is a topical seminar and course content and instructor will vary with each offering, instructional strategies cannot be outlined here.  However, all offerings will include advanced readings, faculty lectures, and demonstrations on the specific topic of Forensic Science being covered.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of this seminar, students will:  1) Understand a current topic in Forensic Science in greater detail, including its historical background, current status, and controversies and issues associated with its practice; 2) Be familiar with the major readings (and, consequently, viewpoints and perspectives) associated with a major topic in Forensic Science;  3) Be able to identify major themes and critically evaluate perspectives and issues within this Forensic Science discipline or topic; 4) Be able to identify “Best Practice” guidelines and recommendations with regard to this Forensic Science area.


Assessment Measures

Assessment for this seminar will consist of measures of reading and lecture comprehension pertaining to the specific topic in Forensic Science the seminar covers.  This will include both in- and out-of-class written assignments on assigned readings, in-class discussion of these readings (in a seminar fashion), as well as possibly more formal exams.


Other Course Information

Since the course content of this seminar varies, a relevant, generic bibliography cannot be generated at this time.


Review and Approval

March 20, 2012