Multiple-discipline, team-taught forensic science course.

Author(s): 

John Bartlett, Bruce Gay, Timothy Metz and Michael Wells

Author Affiliation: 

Campbell University

Year: 

2007

Abstract: 

Drawing on ideas and experiences at the CWCS workshop in Forensics Science, a multiple-discipline, team-taught forensic science course was developed. This course meets a general college laboratory science course requirement. The course is divided into four modules: Criminal Science, Forensic Entomology, Chemical Evidence, and Forensic Biology. The course is taught by members of the Criminal Justice, Biology, and Chemistry Departments. Major topics explored include: crime scene analysis, evidence collection and analysis, and legal issues surrounding forensic science. The university has provided a 1600 square foot house to stage crime scenes. Detailed crime scene drawings are made. A pig carcass is used in the entomology unit to understand determination of time of death. Spectroscopy and chromatography are used to analyze trace evidence. Microscopy and DNA fingerprinting are used to establish identity.
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