This course will address critical thinking, resource management, supervision, and investigative failures in criminal investigations. A detailed explanation of how to effectively manage a forensics investigation and how to preserve and present evidence will be covered.
This course will serve as a bridge between crime scene investigation and criminalistics. It will concern the proper collection of evidence at the crime scene, as well as the forensic evidence aspect of criminal investigation, identifying evidence, collecting it, preserving it, recording it, processing it, and analyzing it in the laboratory context. Modules: Weeks will give the student some insight into proper evidence collection, interpretation, and presentation in a legal setting with a foundation built upon God’s unique complexities.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Categorize the functional roles of evidence by primary function, given appropriate background information.
- Identify the conceptual stages in a criminal investigation and identify associated activities for each stage.
- Apply relevant tests and examinations for linking and associating physical evidence in various scenarios.
- Explain the basic concepts of firearms, DNA, serology, trace evidence, latent prints, handwriting analysis, and other forensic disciplines, regarding how they are used in death investigations.
- Identify key information sources and data systems available to investigators, strategies for their use, and the legal or administrative privacy restrictions imposed upon their use.
- Explain the moral, theological, economical, and ethical implications of a biblical view of social justice.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 3 Discussions. The student will use their essay conclusion and bullet points in addition to at least 400 words in response to the prompt. The essay conclusion and bullet points do NOT count towards the 400 words. The student must then reply to 2 or more peers’ threads in at least 200 words. The thread and reply posts will each include at least two scholarly references. The student will also address why and how competent crime scene processing is consistent with justice and a Christian worldview.
Essay Assignments (3)
The student will write 3 essays and follow the current APA format of Title page, Abstract page, Content pages, and Reference page. Each essay will include at least 2 scholarly references. The essay will be at least 600 words, paying specific attention to assigned topic elements. The essay conclusion section must include at least 10 bullet points. Also address why and how competent crime scene processing is consistent with justice and a Christian worldview.
There are 5 short quizzes (20 points each) in this course. Quizzes are open-book/open-notes, but may not be discussed with any person. The questions are in multiple-choice and true/false format. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Each quiz must be completed in 30 minutes. Allows 3 attempts and the highest attempt will count towards the grade.
Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final
The Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final are open-book/open-notes, but should not be discussed with any person. Even though the questions are in multiple-choice and true/false format, they cannot be answered by simply looking up the answer in the readings. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Each of these two quizzes must be completed in 90 minutes.