Course Number & Name:  CJI 210 Forensic Evidence

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in CJI 101
Concurrent Courses:

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:

  1. explain the history and development of forensic science;
  2. evaluate what constitutes appropriate and admissible evidence in criminal investigation;
  3. categorize the various types of evidence usually found at the scene of a crime and describe generally accepted methods of collection;
  4. describe the types of forensic evidence currently allowed in both federal and state courts;
  5. explain how fingerprint evidence is used in criminal cases;
  6. explain the usefulness of nature and state of decomposition evidence in criminal cases;
  7. explain how ballistic evidence is used in criminal cases;
  8. explain how blood-related evidence is used in criminal cases;
  9. explain how trace evidence is used in criminal cases;
  10. demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of evidence issues; and
  11. communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.


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