Fall 2018 - CRIM 355 D100
The Forensic Sciences (3)
Class Number: 7949
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 10, 2018
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
1 778 782-8502
Examines the use and interpretation of physical forensic evidence in court. It will critically examine and evaluate the major forensic sciences used in criminal investigations today, as well as look at the crime scene. Subjects examined will include forensic pathology, odontology, biology, DNA evidence, firearms evidence, toxicology chemistry and questioned documents. Techniques will be illustrated with case studies. Breadth-Social Sciences.
Forensic Science offers a wide variety of defensible physical evidence and is commonly used in the courts. The course is intended as a general introduction to the major areas of forensic science, and will provide instruction on a range of subjects commonly encountered in investigations of serious crimes. Students will be exposed to a range of subjects and scientists in the field. Students should be aware that some of the material studied will be extremely disturbing. Any student who feels that the nature of the topics may be too upsetting is discouraged from taking this course.
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Paper 30%
- Final Exam 40%
Anderson 2017 PEARSN COLL FORENSIC SCIENCES SIMON FRASER U, 1/e ISBN:9781323680179 (This is an abridged form of the 12th edition of the below text).
OR Saferstein, R. (2015) Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Student Value Edition, 11th. ISBN 9780133858136, Pearson.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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