INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE SUMMER 2016 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will give you an overview of the crime scene investigation process and the issues involved in presenting forensic evidence in court. We will learn about the identification, documentation, and collection of physical evidence, including fingerprints, shoe impressions, hair and fibers, firearms evidence and questioned documents. We will also discuss the impact of television and other media on the field of forensic science. This course is designed to provide a basic foundation in the field of criminalistics to students who are interested in the use of science to solve crime. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course will provide students with knowledge of: General principles of forensic science. Definitions of key terms used in the field of forensic science. Crime scene protocol & processing. Recognizing evidence and its value. How police and the courts utilize forensic evidence. The principles of scientific testimony. COURSE ASSIGNMENTS (Assignments will vary, depending on instructor.) All assignments are due 30 days after returning home. Final grades will be determined as follows: The assignments for this class will be as follows: 1. Online homework assignments: 30% a. A total of 4 short online discussion assignments--students must respond to a prompt with a relevant news/media post. 2. Case Study: 50% a. An “A” paper offers a thorough description of the forensics used in your case study, provides a detailed analysis of said forensics, including whether or not they were appropriate and/or carried out properly, is properly formatted, and has few to no grammar/syntax/spelling errors; see detailed explanation of assignment below for more details. 3. Participation: 20% a. Each class period counts for 5% of your total grade; you must ask multiple questions/make multiple comments during each class period to earn the full 5%.