Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
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:
Most current editions of the following:
Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents
By Hueske, Edward E. ( CRC Press) Recommended
Terminal Ballistics - A Text and Atlas of Gunshot Wounds
By Byrne, Karen (CRC Press) Recommended
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.
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.
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
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
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.