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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 328
Course Title: Shooting Incidents
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Exploration and practical analysis of forensic evidence resulting from shooting incidents, including consideration of ballistics, ammunition, weapons/hardware, injury patterns in association with entry and exit wounds, and injury documentation and reconstruction techniques. Prerequisites: CJAD 201; CJAD 203; junior standing and a declared Criminal Justice or Forensic Science major.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CJAD 201; CJAD 203; junior standing and a declared Criminal Justice or Forensic Science major.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents
By Hueske, Edward E. ( CRC Press)
Terminal Ballistics - A Text and Atlas of Gunshot Wounds
By Byrne, Karen (CRC Press)
Course Objectives
  • To provide students with exposure to a special topic area in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to apply theoretical learning to practical problems.
  • To encourage the students' development of analytical skills.
  • To assist students in applying relevant scientific and investigative principles to real and hypothetical problems in the Justice System.
  • To enhance critical thinking and practical skills on relevant issues.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe the basic fundamental approaches to shooting incident analysis using scientific methods to recognize, evaluate and reconstruct a shooting incident.
  • Identify and describe the categories of firearms and ammunition.
  • Identify and explain shooting reconstruction equipment and use.
  • Describe how shell casings and projectiles are identified to specific weapons of origin.
  • Analyze and interpret shot patterns.
  • Describe and differentiate between internal, external and terminal ballistics.
  • Describe and distinguish between bullet hole and wound characteristics.
  • Demonstrate proper procedures and techniques in using gunshot residue field kits, blood field test kits and trace metal detection kits.
  • Analyze actual case studies and crime scene reports documenting shooting incidents.
  • Describe and apply relevant principles concerning shoting incident terminology, report writing and courtroom testimony.
Topical Outline:
  • Theory and practice of shooting reconstruction
  • Mathematics of shooting reconstruction
  • Firearms and ammunition components
  • Shooting reconstruction equipment and use
  • Cartridge case ejection pattern testing
  • Shot pattern analysis and testing
  • Examination and testing of weapons and ammunition components
  • Gunshot residue testing
  • Bullet hole and wound characteristics
  • Bullet ricochet phenomena
  • Bloodstain and blood spatter at shooting scenes
  • Officer-involved shootings
  • Case analysis
  • Ballistics
  • Firearms and ammunition reference collections and other resources
  • Report writing demonstrative evidence and courtroom presentation
  • Study of glossary of terms of shooting incidents and courtroom testimony

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: September 2, 2010
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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