Course Outline

 

Semester 1                                                                                             Semester 2

Unit 1: The Crime Scene

A.     History

B.       Types of forensic science

 

C.       Processing the crime scene

D.       Legal considerations

E.       Chain of custody

F.       Physical evidence

 

Unit 2:  Anthropology

A.  Bones of the human body

B.  Animal or human bones?

C.  Size, age, sex, race of victim


Unit 3:   Forensic Pathology

A.  Time of death

B.   Cause of death

C.   The Body Farm


Unit 4: Fingerprints

A.       Anatomy/physiology of fingerprints

B.       History

C.       Ridge patterns

D.       Classification of fingerprints

E.        Automated fingerprint identification systems

F.        Collecting fingerprint evidence

G.       Preservation of fingerprint evidence

 

Unit 5: Document Analysis

A.       Handwriting comparisons

B.       Exemplars

C.       Typescript

D.       Paper

E.        Forgeries

F.        Collection and preservation of documents/handwriting evidence


Unit 6: Firearms and Ballistics

A.       Bullet types and comparisons

B.       Cartridge evidence

C.       Automated firearm search systems

D.       Gunpowder/primer residue

E.        Collection and preservation of firearm evidence

 

 



 


 

 

Unit 7: Hair Analysis

A.       Anatomy of hair

B.       Morphology

C.       Identification and comparison

D.       Collection and preservation of hair evidence

 

Unit 8: Fiber Analysis

A.       Types of fiber

B.       Identification and comparison of fibers

C.       Collection and preservation of fiber evidence

 


Unit 9: Toxicology

A.       Types of drugs

B.       Classes of narcotics

C.       Drug control law

D.       Drug testing

E.        Alcohol metabolism

F.        Field sobriety tests

G.       Breathalyzer

H.       Blood alcohol

I.         Alcohol law

J.         Collection and preservation of drug evidence

 


Unit 10: Forensic Serology-Blood

A.       Composition of blood

B.       Antigens and antibodies

C.       Blood typing

D.       Blood spatter and stains

E.        Detecting blood evidence

F.        Collection and preservation of blood evidence

 

Unit 11: DNA

A.       Structure of DNA

B.       DNA analysis

C.       Collection and Preservation of DNA evidence

 

Unit 11:  Impressions

A.       Shoeprints and tire marks

B.       Odontology

C.       Collection and preservation of impression evidence


Unit 12: Glass

A.       Density

B.       Refractive index

C.       Fracture patterns

D.       Collection and preservation of glass evidence