Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
A practice-oriented class on the techniques and methods of identifying and interpreting blood spatter evidence. Topics include fundamentals of bloodstain evidence, low velocity impact and angular bloodstains, medium and high velocity bloodstains, significance of partially dried, clotted, aged, physically altered bloodstains, and others. Prerequisite: CJAD 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
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. Given the nature of the course, the instructor may want to adopt more than one textbook or use a manual. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.
Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes
By James, S. H., and W. G. Eckert (CRC Press) Recommended
Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Theory and Practice
By James, et. al (CRC Press) Recommended
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: With an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction
By Bevel and Gardner (CRC Press) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the role of law enforcement and crime scene technicians in collection, preservation and interpretation of bloodstain evidence.
Describe the methods and importance of proper crime scene response in an investigation involving bloodstain evidence.
Describe and compare the various patterns of blood stains typically available at a crime scene involving bloodstain evidence.
Identify, compare and evaluate relevant terminology, equipment and methods for collection, preservation and interpretation of bloodstain evidence.
Apply relevant terminology, equipment and methods involving bloodstain evidence to real and hypothetical issues, problems and case studies investigations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Fundaments of bloodstain evidence
Low-velocity impact and angular bloodstains
Medium and high velocity bloodstains
Dried, clotted, aged, and altered bloodstains
Medical aspects of blood at crime scenes
Documentation, collection and evaluation
The use of luminol
Case studies in bloodstain patterns interpretation
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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.