Course Number & Name: CJI 210 Forensic Evidence
Credit Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours: 3.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/A
Course Description: This is an introductory course on the application of physical, chemical, behavioral, medical, and biological sciences to physical evidence used to explain or solve civil and/or criminal law cases. This course explores the collection, examination, evaluation, and interpretation of physical evidence. Emphasis is placed on lecture and demonstration.
<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- explain the history and development of forensic science;
- evaluate what constitutes appropriate and admissible evidence in criminal investigation;
- categorize the various types of evidence usually found at the scene of a crime and describe generally accepted methods of collection;
- describe the types of forensic evidence currently allowed in both federal and state courts;
- explain how fingerprint evidence is used in criminal cases;
- explain the usefulness of nature and state of decomposition evidence in criminal cases;
- explain how ballistic evidence is used in criminal cases;
- explain how blood-related evidence is used in criminal cases;
- explain how trace evidence is used in criminal cases;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of evidence issues; and
- communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.