Spring 2023 - CRIM 355 C100
The Forensic Sciences (3)
Class Number: 2224
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Feb 13, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Apr 20, 2023
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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%
Saferstein, R. (2017). Criminalistics: An introduction to forensic science (12th ed.). Pearson.
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