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 Course Title:   Forensic Applications in Criminal Justice

 Title Abbreviation:   FORENSIC AP/LAW ENFORCE

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    216

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Explores the principles and trends in forensic science. Learn how to photograph, process, and collect forensic evidence for submission to the crime laboratory. Explores common techniques for drug analysis, DNA profiling, blood spatter interpretation, trace evidence, shoeprints, firearms, tool marks, crime scene reconstruction, and other disciplines.


Prerequisite: CJ 215 or department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop skills in analyzing problems and situations and apply previous science and technology knowledge and comprehension in solving problems.
  2. Develop skills in analyzing problems and situations and synthesize possible solutions to problems.
  3. Evaluate suggested solutions and results.
  4. Raise questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.
  5. Gather and assess relevant information and use abstractions to interpret it effectively.
  6. Develop well-reasoned conclusions and solutions; test them against relevant criteria and standards.
  7. Think open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognition and assessing of data.
  8. Communicate with others in devising solutions to complex problems.
  9. Understand that all reasoning has purpose, is an attempt to figure something out, to settle some question, or solve some problem; is based on data, information and evidence; is expressed through, and shaped by, concepts and ideas; contains inferences or interpretations by which we draw conclusions and give meaning to data; and leads somewhere or has implications and consequences.
  10. Analyze and regularly re-articulate goals, purposes, and needs.
  11. Take problems, one by one, and state the problem clearly and precisely.
  12. Study the problem to clarify the ""kind"" of problem being dealt with; determine what will be needed (information, materials, equipment) to solve; distinguish between controllable and non-controllable problems.
  13. Determine what information is needed and actively seek that information.
  14. Carefully analyze and interpret the information collected; draw reasonable inferences.
  15. Design options for taking action, short term and long planning, and limitations (time, equipment).
  16. Evaluate options, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages to the situation.
  17. Adopt a strategic approach to the problem and follow through on that strategy; be prepared to adjust and modify the strategy.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).
8.4 Communicate mathematical information effectively.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the development and impact of technology in human experience (history, global, and local).
10.2 Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and environmental issues in the use and misuse of technology.
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.
10.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology in one’s personal and professional life.

Course Contents

  1. Principles and trends in forensic science.
  2. Cultural considerations in communications and crime scene management.
  3. Proper techniques for identifying, reporting, and investigating accidents and crime scenes.
  4. Proper procedures to manage a scene to protect visitors, property, and evidence.
  5. Proper procedures for investigation and documentation.
  6. Measurement, recording, and drawing of accidents and crime scenes.
  7. Proper procedures for photographing accident and crime scenes.
  8. Process for forensic evidence collection for submission to a crime laboratory.
  9. Exploration of common techniques for drug analysis, DNA profiling, blood spatter interpretation, trace evidence, shoeprints, firearms, tool marks, crime scene reconstruction, and other disciplines.