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FRSC 445: Forensic Pathology

Course Description

Analysis of systems and methods of determining time, cause, and means of death in criminal investigations and trials. 

Prerequisite: CJAD 101 and junior standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Spitz, Werner U. and Spitz, Daniel J.. Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death (4th).
    • [ISBN-978-0-398-07544-6]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

In this course, you will learn how to identify the characteristics that indicate how and why a person died, the two most important questions to answer as they dictate whether further legal investigation is required.  The medicolegal system consists of both coroners and medical examiners, and the relationship between those professionals and death investigators is paramount to the successful resolution of a death investigation.  Signs of death, wound identification and interpretation of those indicators are the most difficult portions of any death investigation.  To that end, you will learn how wounds are inflicted and be able to interpret self-inflicted injuries versus injuries inflicted by others.

A crime scene is like a book with many chapters. If you read just one chapter, you will have many incorrect conclusions. It is only after reading the entire book that you know the whole story.  You will learn the methods used to identify a decedent and interpret the story that the body has to tell.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To understand and appreciate the history and evolution of the discipline of forensic pathology.
  • To understand the role of the forensic pathologist in the criminal justice system.
  • To examine the relationship and interactions between the forensic pathologist and other entities in the criminal justice system.
  • To gain experience with the common terminology, methods, and procedures connected with the discipline of forensic pathology.
  • To understand relevant systems and methods of determining identification of the dead, and time cause and manner of death in criminal investigations.
  • To examine the practical, theoretical and ethical dilemmas faced by individuals involved in death investigations.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills on issues relevant to forensic pathology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the history and evolution of the discipline of forensic pathology.
  • Explain the role of the forensic pathologist in the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the importance of proper crime scene response in a death investigation.
  • Explain the various types of evidence typically available at a crime scene in a death investigation.
  • Identify and evaluate relevant methodology of identifications of the dead.
  • Describe the circumstances when an autopsy is appropriate and the proper protocol and procedures followed by coroners and medical examiners in conducting an autopsy.
  • Identify and evaluate relevant methods for determining time, cause, and manner of death.
  • Describe, compare and assess various types and methods of injury for potential lethality.
  • Define, interpret and apply relevant medical and legal terminology to real and hypothetical issues, problems and case studies.
  • Identify and evaluate the ethical issues which are common to death investigations.
  • Appraise and interpret current literature, case studies, materials and developments regarding forensic pathology.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 135 14%
Dropbox Assignments 340 34%
Terminology Exercises 175 18%
Quizzes 150 15%
Final Exam 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Initial Post and Response 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2: Initial Post and Response 10
Dropbox 1: Introduction to Your Instructor 50 Sunday
Terminology Exercise 1 25
Quiz 1 30
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4: Initial Post and Response 10
Dropbox 2: Famous Forensic Faces 50 Sunday
Terminology Exercise 2 25
Quiz 2 30
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6: Initial Post and Response 10
Dropbox 3: Prioritization Exercise 65 Sunday
Terminology Exercise 3 25
Quiz 3 30
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8: Initial Post and Response 10
Dropbox 4: Coroner vs. Medial Examiner 75 Sunday
Terminology Exercise 4 25
Quiz 4 30
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 9: Process Paper (Ungraded Discussion) - Sunday
Terminology Exercise 5 25
Quiz 5 30
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12: Initial Post and Response 10
Dropbox 5: Process Paper 100 Wednesday
Terminology Exercise 6 25 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14: Initial Post and Response 10
Terminology Exercise 7 25 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 16: Initial Post and Response 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 15: Course Wrap Up (Ungraded Discussion) - Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussions are the heart of any online class, so your participation is key to getting the most out of the course.  For each week, there will be two discussions.  In each discussion (except for Discussions 1, 9, and 15), you are expected to make your initial post early in the week, (due Wednesday) then respond to at least two classmates’ posts by the end of the week. Your initial weekly discussion post is worth 7 points and should be an 8-10 sentence paragraph that clearly answers the post and provides multiple examples to back up your opinion. Your responses to other students are worth 3 points and should add to the discussion, meaning that a simple “Good job” or “I agree” will not earn you points.

Please note that your initial weekly discussion post is due by 11:59 pm Central Time on WEDNESDAY of each week.  This date requirement enables other students to reply to your post.  Replies to each other’s posts not only fulfill a course requirement, but enable you to glean information and ideas from each other.  Also, please note that waiting until the last night to post is the same as yelling out all your thoughts as you are leaving class for the night and may result in a reduced grade.  Participate early and often, engage in the material, and you will do well. 


Dropbox Assignments

There are several dropbox assignments throughout the course and although they have slightly different topics and criteria, there are some general expectations that apply to every assignment. First, all papers should be written in APA format.  There are resources available in the Content area if you are unsure what this means for your writing.  Second, except for your first dropbox assignment, all others require some manner of research. Know that you are expected to use only the most respected, scholarly resources in your assignments, meaning that Wikipedia and short web articles will not suffice.  There are several forensic journals that you can research, many of which are available online through Columbia College’s Stafford Library.  Lastly, you are always expected to write with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  Any work that you do in forensics will require regular report writing, so the ability to write an error-free paper is a general expectation that will continue throughout your career. Your papers will be checked for originality when appropriate.  If there is a potential issue with originality of your paper, the instructor will discuss it with you.


Terminology Exercises

Each week, a list of terms and their definitions will be provided for you in the Content area. The terminology exercise can be found in the Quizzes area and will provide you an opportunity to check your knowledge of these terms.  Each exercise may take a slightly different form (matching, fill in the blank, or multiple choice) but will require you to really think about the meaning and application of each word.  There will be 25 terms used in the exercise worth 1 point each; you will be allowed three attempts for each exercise (your highest score will be recorded), and the exercise is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.  Note: These exercises should be completed before your quiz each week as some of these terms may also be found in the weekly quiz.


Quizzes

During weeks 1-5, there will be a weekly quiz covering the terminology and material from the week.  Each quiz will contain 15 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each and you will be give 30 minutes (2 minutes per question) to complete the quiz. You will only be allowed one attempt and each quiz should be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the week in which it is assigned.


Final Exam

This will be a comprehensive exam that differs greatly from the rest of your quizzes and terminology exercises. The examination will include 100 questions total and have two distinct sections.

The first portion of the exam is made up of scenario-based questions where you will receive a photograph and a short written scenario for each item. You will then be given 1-3 questions pertaining to that scenario and image. You will answer those questions by applying everything you have learned to the photograph and scenario.

The second part of the examination is made up of general knowledge multiple choice and short answer questions, much like your quizzes from weeks 1-5.

You will have 200 minutes to complete the examination (an average of two minutes per question). The examination must be completed in one sitting; you will only have one attempt and must be completed by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction to Forensic Pathology
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapters 1 – 4

Week 1 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 1: Initial Post and Response

Introduce yourself to the instructor and your classmates being sure to include where you are from, what you do for a living, and what it is you hope to gain from this class. Be sure to respond to at least three other classmates. (Initial post due Wednesday)

Discussion 2: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: A 20-year-old man was depressed and decided to commit suicide.  He documented his thoughts in written notes while he drank alcohol and took several types of pills, including aspirin.  Throughout the evening, his handwriting deteriorated in the more than 30 pages he had written describing his disappointment with life.  At one point, after several hours of this behavior, he changed his mind, called his psychologist and spoke to him.  The psychologist took him to the emergency room.  Upon arrival, the man was confused but conscious.  His stomach was pumped and he was placed in a room where he fell asleep.  Despite the therapy of the hospital staff, he died.  A toxicology report revealed toxic levels of salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin). What do you determine the manner of death to be and why?

Scenario B: A young couple, both with a history of intravenous drug abuse, bought a packet of heroin from a new dealer.  Both were seated on a couch in the home of a friend who was an eyewitness to this incident.  The young man, being a gentleman, injected the first shot into his girlfriend’s right arm, with her consent.  She collapsed and was DOA at the local emergency room.  Toxicology revealed a high level of morphine in her blood. What do you determine the manner of death to be and why?

Dropbox 1: Introduction to Your Instructor

In this dropbox assignment, you are to write no less than two and no more than three pages introducing yourself to your instructor.  Your paper should be split into three distinct sections:

  • Who you are (educational/career background, hobbies, interests, family)?
  • Why you are here (what draws you to forensics/why do you think this field is a good fit)?
  • What is your plan for success in this class (how will you get the most out of it)?

You will be graded on how well you answer these questions as well as length, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and proper APA format. Upload your final draft in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format to the Dropbox no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Terminology Exercise 1

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Quiz 1

15 questions covering terminology and readings for the week

Week 2: Blunt Force Injury
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapter 10

Week 2 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 3: Initial Post and Response

​Famous Forensic Faces: First, look at the list of “Famous Forensic Faces” in the Content area, then declare which famous forensic face you will be researching by posting that person’s name to this discussion.  After you are done researching for your dropbox assignment, post a two-paragraph summary of your research in order to introduce this person to the rest of the class.  Be sure to at least cover some basic biographical information and what this person’s major contributions were to the field.  Respond to at least two other classmates’ posts, explaining which of the two people you feel was most important and why.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday)

Discussion 4: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday). 

Scenario A: An elderly 62 year old male was riding in an SUV driven by his 60 year old girlfriend.  They were being chased by four teenagers in a white pickup and were out having fun by intimidating and chasing old people.  Witnesses observed the couple’s vehicle take a sharp turn into a parking lot at a high rate of speed, fail to brake fast enough and run directly into a concrete wall.  The 62-year-old man was dead at the scene.  The decedent was sitting in the right front seat and was wearing his seatbelt.  Autopsy confirmed the cause of death and multiple blunt force injuries. What do you determine the manner of death to be and why?

Scenario B: A 48-year-old man was, as always, fighting with his family when he announced, “I’ve had all I can take of this.  I am going to kill myself.”  He then ran out of the house, through the yard and into the street, directly in front of a rapidly approaching semi-truck.  He was struck by the truck.  The truck kept going, without stopping.  Fifteen minutes later, the decedent’s wife emerged from the house, saw her husband’s body and called an ambulance.  The man was dead on arrival at a local emergency room, 45 minutes after the accident.  Cause of death was exsanguinations due to bilateral compound femoral fractures. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Dropbox 2: Famous Forensic Faces

In the Content area you will find a list of people who have made significant contributions to forensic science. Once you have chosen your person, post in this week’s discussion who you will be researching.  If someone else has already taken that person, you will have to choose a different person. 

Research your Famous Forensic Face, finding at least three reputable resources (Wikipedia does not count). Introduce this person much like you introduced yourself in Dropbox 1, concentrating on basic biographical information of your subject, their major contributions to the field, and the significance of those contributions in today’s world of forensics. Your final paper should be 2-3 pages in length with resources cited in APA format and with proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  When finished, submit your final draft to the Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. 

Terminology Exercise 2

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Quiz 2

15 questions covering terminology and readings for the week

Week 3: Sharp Force Injury, Asphyxia, and Drowning Death
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapters 11, 14, and 15

Week 3 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 5: Initial Post and Response

​Sharp Force Injury Examinations: In sharp force injury examinations, there are several conclusions that a crime scene investigator can draw from the injury.  Some of those conclusions have been perpetuated by television.  List two conclusions that can be drawn from the injuries and defend your conclusions.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Discussion 6: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about. All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: A young man went out with members of his gang on a Saturday night.  They arrived at a local establishment where they were greeted by members of a rival gang.  The rival gang members told them to leave and then proceeded to throw them out.  The deceased resisted being thrown out and was stabbed through the temporal bone.  After stitches at a local emergency room, he went home.  While at home he developed encephalitis (swelling of the brain) due to bacteria introduced during the stabbing and died 30 days later. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Scenario B: At a party, an ex-National Guard soldier, well-trained in weaponry, walked into a room waving a gun.  When asked to put the gun away and stop pointing in the direction of people, he replied, “It isn’t loaded, see.”  He put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.  The weapon discharged, killing him instantly.  Autopsy showed a hard contact wound to the right side of his head, and a blood alcohol concentration of .2 grams percent. What do you determine the manner of death to be and why?

Dropbox 3: Prioritization Exercise

You will be given a crime scene scenario in the Content area. When you have finished reading through this very carefully, identify the actions you need to take (including evidence you need to collect) in order of priority.  You will create a spreadsheet listing at least 25 actions you need to take to process this crime scene, rank these items in order of priority, and also write an explanation that gives your rationale for your choice in priority.  When you are finished, upload the final spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format (.xls or .xlsx) to the Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Terminology Exercise 3

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Quiz 3

15 questions covering terminology and readings for the week

Week 4: Anthropology, Forensic Pathology, and Autopsy
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapters 5, 20, 21, 24, and 25

Week 4 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 7: Initial Post and Response

​Coroner vs. Medical Examiner: In conjunction with this week’s dropbox assignment, post two full paragraphs in this discussion stating your opinion on which system (coroner or medical examiner) is better and provide evidence to support your opinion.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Discussion 8: Initial Post and Response

​Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A:  A police officer responds to a report of a barricaded gunman.  Upon arrival, the gunman exits the house and walks, with a gun pointed at the officer, directly toward the officer.  The officer orders the man to drop the weapon and the man responds by saying “either you kill me or I will kill you” and continues to walk forward.  The officer commands the gunman to stop four more times and the gunman refuses.  The officer eventually shoots the gunman two times in the chest and the gunman dies.  Investigation reveals that the weapon, a 9 mm handgun, contained an empty magazine. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Scenario B: (This one is quite a bit longer so please see the Content area for the full scenario). What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Dropbox 4: Coroner vs. Medial Examiner

Some states use a coroner system and others use the medical examiner system, but what’s the difference, why is it important, and what are the effects on the judicial system?  For this assignment, research the two systems then write a 2-3 page paper comparing/contrasting the two systems.  When researching, make sure you are using reputable resources and be sure to specifically research what system is employed by the state you reside in.  Your paper should be in APA style with proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling.  You should use a minimum of three resources to support your thoughts. The final draft of your paper should be turned into the Dropbox by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Terminology Exercise 4

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Quiz 4

15 questions covering terminology and readings for the week

Week 5: Injury by Gunfire
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapter 12

Week 5 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 10: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: A 17-year-old was playing Russian Roulette with a friend while drinking and listening to music by Natas.  He spun the chamber, put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.  The weapon discharged on the first try, killing him instantly.  Autopsy revealed a hard contact gunshot wound to the head and a blood ethanol level of 0.13 grams percent. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Scenario B: A 28-year-old man was observed driving erratically when he crossed the center line and struck a van.  He was dead at the scene and autopsy revealed extensive blunt force injury.  Further investigation revealed that four years prior to his death the man was shot during an argument in a bar.  Although the bullet had not penetrated his skull, he subsequently developed a seizure disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.  On the morning of the fatal accident, his mother found him semi-conscious on the floor.  He told her he felt strange and had suffered a seizure.  Autopsy revealed the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma induced injuries. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Discussion 9: Process Paper (Ungraded Discussion)

​Process Paper: This discussion is an open forum for you to ask questions about the process paper and make sure that you are on the right track.  There is no post due for this discussion; this thread was created for you to ask any questions that you might have about your paper.

Dropbox 5: Process Paper

Read the scenario provided for you in the Content area, analyzing the scenario and using logic, reasoning, and your knowledge from this course to determine what needs to be done. You will need to identify the key questions to be answered, what actions you need to take, and how you would go about processing the crime scene.  Based on the scenario and your analysis, detail in a 3-5 page paper what you would do from the moment you are notified of the situation to the conclusion of your investigation, clearly explaining the logic behind your actions along the way.

You will be graded on your ability to identify the deceased, identify postmortem changes to the body, and determine the injuries to the body and how they help determine the manner of death.  You will also need to identify the crime scene steps that need to be taken, actions that need to be taken at the scene and in the near future, and try to solve the matter.  Your final paper is due by 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday of Week 6.

Terminology Exercise 5

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Quiz 5

15 questions covering terminology and readings for the week

Week 6: Vehicle Injuries
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapter 17

Week 6 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 11: Initial Post and Response

​Seat Belt Laws: A great deal of controversy still exists over the use of seat belts and their impact in crash survivability.  Do some quick research then post your position on whether compulsory seat belt laws actually save lives and why you think so. All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Discussion 12: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: A 32 year old male was walking down the middle of a set of subway tracks in a major city when he was struck by a subway train and killed.  An autopsy revealed that the male had a blood alcohol level of .17 grams and had methamphetamine in his system.  Police investigation revealed that the subway train’s brakes were faulty with what the operator described as about double the stopping distance required.  The subway train operator also admitted he had been texting his supervisor about the brakes at the time of the incident.  The driver stated he never saw the man on the tracks and witnesses stated that no horns were sounded.  What do you determine to be the manner of death and why? 

Scenario B: A 22 year old male is driving on the interstate in a Ford Mustang.  The driver was observed weaving in and out of traffic.  Witness accounts state his speed was in excess of 100 mph.  He suddenly swerves to the left, crosses the median and strikes a pickup truck head on.  The driver of the Mustang is killed instantly.  The driver of the pickup was also instantly killed.  A child, who had been restrained in a car seat, was ejected from the pickup truck while still in the car seat and landed on the interstate.  A motorist that had been following the pickup was unable to stop and ran over the car seat, killing the child. What do you determine to be the manners of death and why? 

Dropbox 5: Process Paper

Process Paper due by 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday.

Terminology Exercise 6

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Thermal Injury and Electrical Death
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapters 13 and 16

Week 7 Terminology (in the Content area)

Discussion 13: Initial Post and Response

​Thermal Injury Causes of Death: When thinking about thermal injury, your book discusses the categories and survivability of fire. What do you think the most common cause of death in a fire is and why?  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Discussion 14: Initial Post and Response

Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: 60 year old man went into a local hospital for his second coronary bypass operation.  The operation was completed without complication and he was taken to the recovery room where he continued to receive a slow lidocaine drip as an antiarrhythmic agent (used to maintain a consistent heart rate).  While there he had episodes of ventricular arrhythmia.  His blood pressure began to decline and the doctor ordered a volume expander to be given intravenously and run “wide open.”  The bags, because of similar color coding, were confused and instead of a volume expander, the patient received a bag of fluid containing lidocaine.  He arrested and died. What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Scenario B: A relatively healthy female went into a local hospital for bowel obstruction and underwent surgical resection of her bowls and a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal).  Surgery went well and she was recovering in her room the following day when she suddenly went into cardio respiratory arrest.  Autopsy revealed a 2200 cc right hydrothorax (collection of fluid in the pleural cavity).  Analysis of the fluid revealed it to be Lactate Ringers.  The tip of the subclavian line (IV line to the artery under the collar bone) was protracting into the right check cavity through the lung.  The immediate cause of death was a right hydrothorax.  What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Terminology Exercise 7

25 questions covering terminology for the week

Week 8: Investigation of Deaths in Childhood
Readings

Spitz and Fisher Chapter 8

Discussion 16: Initial Post and Response

​Determining Manner of Death: Choose one of the two scenarios given and answer what you determine to be the manner of death and why you believe this.  Then respond to at least two classmates who posted on the scenario you didn’t write about.  All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday. (Initial post due Wednesday).

Scenario A: An apparently healthy 35 year old man got into an argument with his girlfriend.  She bit him on the shoulder leaving a well-defined bite mark.  He got mad and left the house.  He drove to his parents’ house and about 30 minutes after his girlfriend bit him, he began to recount the incident to his mom.  He suddenly slumped over and died.  Autopsy failed to reveal an anatomic cause of death.  The heart was normal.  It was presumed that the death was caused by cardiac dysrhythmia.  What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Scenario B: A man had been acting strangely and the neighbors in the apartment building called the police.  There were previous reports by neighbors of suicidal ideations.  The police arrived and the man got into a standoff with police, pointing a gun at them.  The police tried to talk him into putting the gun away, when he charged them.  The policeman being charged shot and killed the man.  What do you determine to be the manner of death and why?

Discussion 15: Course Wrap Up (Ungraded Discussion)

Reflect back on the past seven weeks of class.  What are some of the most important and useful things that you have learned?  Is there anything you expected or were hoping to learn that we didn’t cover?  How do you think this course will benefit you in your education/career? All posts are due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

Final Exam

This will be a comprehensive exam that differs greatly from the rest of your quizzes and terminology exercises.  The examination will include 100 questions total and have two distinct sections.

The first portion of the exam is made up of scenario-based questions where you will receive a photograph and a short written scenario for each item.  You will then be given 1-3 questions pertaining to that scenario and image.  You will answer those questions by applying everything you have learned to the photograph and scenario.

The second part of the examination is made up of general knowledge multiple choice and short answer questions, much like your quizzes from weeks 1-5.

You will have 200 minutes to complete the examination (an average of two minutes per question).  The examination must be completed in one sitting; you will only have one attempt and must be completed by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late dropbox assignments will not be accepted without prior approval and only on a case-by-case basis. Things happen and life gets in the way, but proper planning and not procrastinating will result in far fewer emergencies. If something comes up, get in touch with the instructor. Late assignments will never be accepted if you did not coordinate with the instructor first.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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