The crime laboratory is a key component to the solving of a crime through forensic analysis. As such, this course will familiarize the student with the role that the crime plays with relations to the police function of evidence identification, collection and preservation. It will also introduce the student to the equipment used in analyzing the various types of evidence located on crime scenes.
To understand scientific techniques.
To understand crime laboratory instrumentation.
To develop methods of microscopy.
To develop fingerprint techniques.
To develop skills for testing dangerous drugs.
To understand genetic typing.
Define the various components to the crime laboratory as they relate to criminal investigation.
Explain the scientific underpinnings of forensic analysis.
Demonstrate knowledge of various laboratory equipment through a practical laboratory setting.
Demonstrate knowledge of various laboratory instruments in a practical laboratory setting.
Describe the practical functions of the gas chromatograph and the mass spectrometer.
Demonstrate knowledge of how the results of laboratory analysis impact criminal convictions in a court of law.
Forensic capillary gas chromatography
Forensic identification of illicit drugs
Microscopy and microchemistry of physical evidence
An introduction to the forensic aspects of textile fiber examination
Forensic mitochondrial DNA analysis
The identification of semen and other bodily fluids
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16
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.