The purpose of this course is to give students a technological foundation that will be needed for a vocation in forensic Crime Scene Investigation concentrating on the specific area of crime scene photography. This course will teach students to apply the principles of photography directly to crime scene investigation and the digital documentation of evidence. Students will master certain skills that pertain directly to capturing evidence, and it will support students who are exploring fields within the legal justice system by providing an understanding of the what, why, and how evidence is photographed.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
There are 2 Discussions in this course. The student will post their discussion thread (400 words, 2 scholarly sources) with all references appropriately cited in current APA format. The student will then reply to 2 classmates’ threads for each Discussion (200 word minimum for each response, 1 scholarly reference). Discussion responses can include a student’s opinion as it is offered in a constructive and professional manner.
Presentation Assignments (4)
The student will complete 4 Presentation Assignments in this course. Each Presentation Assignment will require a series of photographs (i.e. depth of field, paint with light, indoor, and outdoor) with each photograph listing the ISO, shutter, and aperture settings. Students must demonstrate comprehension of the concepts as well as photography skills when photographing forensic evidence.
Introduction Photo Assignment
The student will submit an original current photograph taken with the camera being used for the photography course.
Presentation: Final Project Assignment
The student will collect all previous photography assignments, including any improvements and additional photographs to compile a final project. The presentation will be detailed and each slide will contain a photograph with the following information: ISO, shutter, and aperture Settings. Auto settings with flash are adequate for some photographs but manual settings will be necessary in some situations.
There are 3 quizzes in the course. Quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and questions are taken from the reading assignments, Discussion topics, and presentations. Quizzes consist of true/false and multiple-choice questions.
Quiz: Final Exam
One final exam will be a comprehensive quiz covering all the information contained in the three quizzes. The Exam is open-book/open-notes, has true/false and multiple-choice questions, and questions are taken from the reading assignments, presentations, Discussion topics, and prior quizzes.