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Administrative Unit:
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. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 210

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Course Objectives

• To assess the current state of the forensic sciences and laboratory system.

• To discuss ethical issues related to the forensic scientist.
• To describe and assess professional codes of conduct, codes of ethics.
• To describe the quality assurance, quality control mechanisms that are utilized in the forensic laboratory.
• To discuss certification and accreditation, as they relate to the forensic scientist and the forensic science laboratory.
• To present current issues and developments in the disciplines of forensic science.

Measurable Learning

  • Describe ethical issues facing the forensic scientist.
  • Describe historical examples of misconduct.
  • Discuss the quality control measures that are implemented in the forensic science system, including use of protocols and proficiency tests.
  • Define certication and accreditation and explain their significance to the field of forensic sicence.

    Topical Outline:

  • 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:

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    Prepared by: Melinda McPherson Date: November 1, 2013
    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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