Summer 2019 - CRIM 355 C100
The Forensic Sciences (3)
Class Number: 5284
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Jun 20, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
Aug 12, 2019
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
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.
This course will give you an overview of the main forensic sciences used in criminal investigations today. The course concentrates on the forensic sciences performed in a police crime lab, and also covers evidence collection and handling, death investigation, and the identification of victims of homicide. You will learn a wide variety of forensic sciences used in crime labs today, as well as understand some of their strengths and weaknesses. A basic understanding of each of the main sciences used today and the role forensic science plays in our legal system, as well as the qualifications you should expect each scientist to have will also be taught.
- Online Participation 10%
- Essay 25%
- Mid-term Exam 25%
- Final Exam 40%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
All Required Readings listed below are not provided by the Distance Education Office (CODE).
Criminalistics An Intro To Forensic Science (2017), Saferstein
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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-N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week. Ø -Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the assignment drop box in front of the General Office of the School of Criminology (SWH 10125). The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security). For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5. The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly. The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
-A student must complete ALL grading components of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses, etc.). Otherwise, a grade of N (incomplete) will be assigned for the entire course.
-E-mail policy: The School of Criminology discourages the use of e-mail as a substitute for office hour visits. The School advises its instructional staff that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during their office hours.
-The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals. Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website. Information about grade appeals may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology. UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.
Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:
All CODE Courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.
Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.
All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40
Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam).
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details.
Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).
This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.
*Important Note for U.S. citizens: As per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans.
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SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS