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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 310
Course Title: Professional Issues in Forensic Science
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of professional topics and current issues relevant to the forensic scientist. Prerequisites: FRSC 210. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 210. This course is only open to Forensic Science majors or minors, unless an exception is granted.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

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

Use of a textbook in this course is left to the discretion of the instructor.

Professional Issues in Forensic Science
By Houck
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate current issues and developments of the forensic sciences and forensic science system
  2. Provide ethical issues facing the forensic scientist and discuss historical examples of misconduct.
  3. Describe and evaluate professional codes of conduct and codes of ethics.
  4. Identify quality assurance and quality control measures that are implemented in the forensic science system.
  5. Define certification and accreditation and explain their significance to the field of forensic science.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Current state of forensic sciences
  • Ethical issues
  • Historical examples of misconduct
  • Professional codes of conduct, codes of ethics
  • Quality assurance, quality control measures, including protocols and proficiency tests
  • Professional organizations, including scientific working groups, and their role in forensic science

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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: Melinda McPherson Date: September 9, 2015
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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