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General Course Information for FSC630: Forensic Pathology I

Course: FSC630 - Forensic Pathology I
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Course Description: Forensic terminology, anatomy, and physiology of the human body with emphasis on the understanding of the underlying pathology of sudden, unexpected deaths encountered in forensics, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), methods personal identification and different types of injuries with their characteristic features and mechanisms of death.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the forensic/medico-legal terminology and autopsy techniques.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of death with applications of the postmortem changes to forensic cases.
  • Describe methods of estimation of time of death.
  • Describe the ways in which disease and trauma affect the body.
  • Apply anatomical descriptions to crime scene evidence.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Area of Specialization in Forensic Nursing
    • Analyze the basic principles and the role of crime scene investigators in forensic and legal procedures.
    • Apply the scientific procedures and methods of identification, collection, preservation, chain of custody, analysis, comparison and report preparation of the biological, trace and toxicological evidentiary evidence.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of forensic nursing.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary forensic team.
    • Integrate scientific research methodology to explore issues in forensic nursing.
    • Select appropriate evidence into nursing practice to provide safe, quality, and ethical care in a variety of forensic settings.
    • Utilize nursing judgment to manage, prioritize, and delegate patient care in a variety of forensic settings.
  • MASTER OF FORENSIC SCIENCES
    • Explain basic human anatomy, component of death investigation and techniques used for analysis of diseases and trauma, identification of unknown dead bodies; and to professionally interact with the forensic pathologist and medico-legal death investigators.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures