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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 425L
Course Title: *Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

The laboratory component of Forensic Chemistry I. A hands-on introduction to the major techniques and instruments used in the analysis of chemical forensic evidence. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 210, CHEM 306, 312, 312L, concurrent with FRSC/CHEM 425

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

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

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

Lab Manual for Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science
By Meloan, James, Brettell & Saferstein (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives

  • To describe good laboratory practices.
  • To effectively evaluate and prepare various types of forensic samples for further analysis.
  • To evaluate forensic evidence using spectroscopic techniques and interpret results.
  • To evaluate forensic evidence using chromatographic techniques and interpret results.
  • To describe analytical schemes for various types of forensic evidence.

    Measurable Learning

    • Demonstrate safe and effective laboratory practices.
    • Evaluate known and unknown evidence, determine and
    execute appropriate sample preparation techniques.
    • Utilize spectrophotometers to analyze chemical evidence and interpret resulting data.
    • Utilize separation techniques to analyze chemical evidence and interpret resulting data.
    • Evaluate unknown samples using appropriate analytical schemes.
    • Prepare forensic laboratory reports.
    • Demonstrate effective use of statistics in the interpretation of data.
    • Give expert testimony in a mock trial scenario.

    Topical Outline:

  • Evidence packaging and inventory
  • Sample preparation
  • Microscopy

  • Chromatographic techniques
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Analysis of forensic evidence
  • Report writing


    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: 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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