May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook
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CRMJ 2152 - Forensic Science/Criminalistics II


Academic Division:

Liberal Arts


Academic Discipline:

Criminal Justice


Assistant Dean: Steve Haynes PhD
3 Credit(s)
This is an introductory course to criminalistics which explores the scope of forensic science. The scope of this course includes procedures and practices of; Forensic Serology, Toxicology, Presumptive Drug Testing, Paint Analysis, Blood Spatter, and Ballistics. The laboratory experience will provide actual lab situations and scenarios to enhance student learning. UG
3 Lab Hour(s)
2 Lecture Hour(s);
College Wide Outcomes
College-Wide Learning Outcomes Assessments - - How it is met & When it is met
Communication – Written  
Communication – Speech  
Intercultural Knowledge and Competence  
Critical Thinking  
Information Literacy  
Quantitative Literacy  

 



Student Learning Outcomes for Course
Outcomes Assessments – How it is met & When it is met

1. Define Toxicology, Serology, Ballistics and DNA and discuss the importance of blood, semen, and DNA typing as it relates to forensics.

Chapter discussion questions, research, video assignment questions, exam – week 6 and week 15

2. Describe the importance of Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA to the field of forensics.

Chapter discussion questions, research, exam – week 1-2
3.List the most useful examinations for performing a forensic comparison of paint. Chapter discussion questions, research, video assignment questions, exam – week 8
4.Name and classify the most commonly abused drugs. Chapter discussion questions, research, exam – weeks 5-6
5.Describe the laboratory tests normally used to perform a routine drug identification analysis. Chapter discussion questions, research, exam – weeks 6-7
6. Describe and explain the testing procedures used for forensic identification of drugs. Research questions, discussion questions, lab, critical thinking exercise, case scenario week 7
7.Describe the techniques that forensic toxicologists use to isolate and identify drugs and poisons. Chapter discussion questions, research, exam – week 6-7
8. Identify the laboratory tests for determining whether an individual has fired a weapon. Chapter discussion questions, research, video assignment questions, exam – weeks 9-10
9. Explain and apply the concept of the IBIS database. Chapter discussion questions, research, exam – weeks 9-10
10. Describe the techniques for rifling a barrel. Research questions, discussion questions, lab, critical thinking exercise, case scenario week 11-12
11. Demonstrate how to interpret blood spatter patterns. Research questions, discussion questions, lab, critical thinking exercise, case scenario- Weeks 3-4
12. Describe, identify and demonstrate what the class and individual characteristics are of bullets and cartridge cases. Research questions, discussion questions, lab, critical thinking exercise, case scenario week 12-13
13. Describe the functions of the comparison microscope that is used to compare bullets and cartridge cases. Research questions, discussion questions, lab, critical thinking exercise, case scenario week 14-15

 



Standard Grading Scale
93-100      A

90 - 92      A-

87- 89       B+

83 - 86      B

80 -82       B-

77- 79       C+

73 - 76      C

70 -72       C-

67- 69       D+

63 - 66      D

60 -62       D-

00- 59       F


Statement on Diversity
North Central State College believes that every student is a valued and equal member of the community.*  Every student brings different experiences to the College, and all are important in enriching academic life and developing greater understanding and appreciation of one another. Therefore, NC State College creates an inclusive culture in which students feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Discrimination and prejudice have no place on the campus, and the College takes any complaint in this regard seriously. Students encountering aspects of the instruction that result in barriers to their sense of being included and respected should contact the instructor, assistant dean, or dean without fear of reprisal. 

*Inclusive of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin (ancestry), military status (past, present or future), disability, age (40 years or older), status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, status as a foster parent, genetic information, or sexual orientation, 


Standard NCSC Course Policies
Important information regarding College Procedures and Policies can be found on the syllabus supplement located at this link

 

 





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