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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 475
Course Title: Senior Seminar in Forensic Science
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A seminar course required as a culminating experience for all seniors majoring in Forensic Science. This capstone course integrates prior learning while exploring current research, contemporary issues and professional standards in forensic science. Completion with a grade of C or higher is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing; Forensic Science major.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Senior standing; Forensic Science major.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

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

Forensic Science Under Siege; The Challenges of Forensic Laboratories and the Medico-Legal Investigation System
By Pyrek, Kelly M. (Elsevier Academic Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Design and effectively communicate an original research proposal that is supported by the current literature.
  2. Prepare for post baccalaureate prospects, by identifying career and graudate school opportunities, reviewing applications, preparing a resume and cover letter and completing a mock interview.
  3. Evaluate the role of forensic science in the criminal justice process.
  4. Describe areas in forensic science and characterize related evidence.
  5. Develop appropriate analytical schemes for physical evidence.
  6. Evaluate the impact of public policy and court decisions on forensic science.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Prepare and present an Original Research Proposal. 
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter for a job in forensic science.  
  • Mock interview
  • American Board of Criminalistics Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT) (or similar assessment platform) Review and Exam

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: April 15, 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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