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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 335L
Course Title: Criminalistics Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Criminalistics laboratory covers the basic biology, chemistry and instrumentation techniques used in the analysis of forensic evidence. $20 lab fee. Prerequisites: FRSC 210 or concurrent enrollment, CHEM 110, CHEM 110L, BIOL 110, BIOL 110L, junior standing. 

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 210 or concurrent enrollment, CHEM 110, CHEM 110L, BIOL 110, BIOL 110L, junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Criminalistics Handbook: Vo. II, 2nd ed.
By Saferstein, R. (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives 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.
    Measurable Learning
  • 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.
    Topical Outline:
  • 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
  • Firearms identification

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

    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: Barry Langford Date: November 22, 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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