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