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Master Syllabus

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Administrative Unit:
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 Fall and 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)
Recommended
 
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
 
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.

 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

 
Library Resources:

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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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