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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 203
Course Title: Crime Scene Investigation
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Techniques and methods of crime scene investigation focusing on practical suggestions as well as theoretical viewpoints of the field. Topics include: fundamentals of the preliminary investigation, identification, protection and collection of evidence, sketching and photographing the crime scene, interpreting blood stain evidence and fingerprinting techniques. Prerequisite: CJAD 201. 

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: CJAD 201

Course Rotation for Day Program:
No Day Course Rotation
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation
By Gardner (CRC Press)
Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation
By Fisher (CRC Press)
First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
By Hawthorne (CRC Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the role of law enforcement and crime scene technicians in collection, preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
  2. Describe the methods and importance of proper crime scene response in a criminal investigation.
  3. CompareĀ and evaluate relevant terminology, equipment and methods for collection, preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
  4. Describe and evaluate comparative individual, team and departmental approaches to investigating and processing a crime scene.
  5. Articulate the legal and ethical issues involved in investigating and processing a crime scene.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • First responders’ duties and responsibilities
  • Team approach concepts
  • Major case squad organizational structure and operations policy
  • Legal and ethical considerations of crime scene investigations
  • Photographic applications and techniques for documentation
  • Latent print recognition, development and recovery
  • Recognition, collection and preservation of evidence
  • Sketching of scenes (indoor and outdoor)
  • Legal aspects and understanding of search warrant applications
  • Court room demeanor of the evidence technicians
  • Selected case studies

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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