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AJS 222 Criminalistics
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2009
SUN#: None
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F

Description: Introduction to the scientific aspects of criminal investigation and the crime laboratory's role in the criminal justice system. Emphasis on the collection, preservation and transportation of evidence and the techniques of examining physical evidence to include modern criminalistic research developments.

Prerequisites: AJS 101

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. Examine the history and functions of forensic science and its relationship to criminalistics.
2. Identify the tools and equipment used in forensic science and demonstrate the procedures for collecting and preserving physical evidence.
3. Describe the physical properties of commonly examined evidence, the elements of organic and inorganic analysis and demonstrate the application of proper analytical techniques.
4. Analyze the forensic techniques to be used in arson investigations.
5. Apply the principles of fingerprint identification.
6. Justify the procedure for identifying, analyzing, collecting and preserving evidence related to firearms.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Through oral and written discourse successfully complete a mock investigation to include; investigation, collection, transportation and preservation of all collected evidence.
2. List and define the different classifications of fingerprints.