Think crimes are REALLY solved in an hour with time for commerical breaks? Did you ever wonder what REALLY happens at a crime scene? This course will give participants the opportunity to become criminologists by introducing concepts as important and diverse as proper documentation of a scene to evidence chain of custody to analytical, physical and chemical testing in a hands-on environment. Ethical and legal issues as well as admissibility of evidence will be discussed. Lectures will prepare students for group discussion and lab work in fingerprinting, fiber analysis and other physical testing used in today's state-of-the-art forensic labs. The course will encourage collaborative learning as students work on teams to solve crimes and reporting findings. Student performance will be evaluated through short weekly lab assignments, discussion participation and a final team project involving the analysis of a crime scene.
Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
The Logical Reasoning Capability will be met by the fact that students will be exposed to evidence from court cases and forensics laboratory as well as ┐testimony┐ of expert witnesses. From this information, the students will need to draw conclusions and make leaps of logic based on this information to help solve "crimes."
The Quantitative Reasoning Capability will be met by way of the laboratory activities. Students will take fingerprints and quantitative measurements of evidence as well as gather physical evidence and process "crime scenes" and other opportunities where forensic science will be employed.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Girard, James E., CRIMINALISTICS: FORENSIC SCIENCE AND CRIME.
Additional articles as needed.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will be required to prepare for class by reading relevant assigned materials. Short weekly lab exercises will be completed. Final project will include crime scene analysis as a team, report on the crime scene submitted by the group and a short team presentation on crime scene findings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is designed for non-science majors. As a first-year initiative, this course will be strictly limited to 20 students.
|Instructor(s): Roberts,Andrea Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: SCIE141; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 20|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 3||1st Ranked: 2||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|