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FSC620 Advanced Criminalistics

Lead Faculty: Dr Ismail M. Sebetan

Course Description

This class surveys physical evidence with an introduction to the operation of a forensic science laboratory and an overview of many of the analytical tools used in the criminalistics laboratory. Principles of chain of custody; and role of forensic scientist as expert witness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify items of physical evidence at crime scenes.
  • Collect and preserve evidence for laboratory examinations.
  • Identify categories of physical evidence.
  • Describe the methods used for analysis and comparison of the recovered physical evidence.
  • Describe proper procedures for documentation of laboratory test results and report preparation.
  • Identify fundamental procedures and best practice for expert witness testimony.