Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Crime Scene Investigation
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. $40 lab fee. Prerequisite: CJAD 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
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) Recommended
Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation
By Fisher (CRC Press) Recommended
First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
By Hawthorne (CRC Press) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the role of law enforcement and crime scene technicians in collection, preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
Describe the methods and importance of proper crime scene response in a criminal investigation.
Identify, compare, and evaluate relevant terminology, equipment and methods for collection, preservation and interpretation of evidence from crime scenes.
Describe and evaluate comparative individual, team and departmental approaches to investigating and processing a crime scene.
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
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.