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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Forensic Science (FORS)
Fundamentals of Forensic Science I
Fundamentals I
Fall 2015
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Weedn, Bernard
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This course will survey crime scene investigation techniques, medicolegal death investigation, and patterned evidence examination. This will satisfy the 10 hours instruction for a FEPAC accredited MFS degree in the core topics of crime scene investigation, physical evidence concepts, and pattern evidence. This course will help students prepare for the American Board of Criminalistics (“ABC”) examination in the disciplines of firearms and toolmarks, fingerprints, and questioned documents. Lectures will be given by faculty members and guest lecturers who are subject matter experts on the topic presented. This course includes a four hour laboratory (fingerprints). This is a required course for MFS and CSI students. This course, along with FORS 6005 Fundamentals of Forensic Science II, replaces FORS 6213, Elements of Forensic Science (3 Credits).

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Fundamentals I and II (FORS 6004 and 6005) will replace FORS 6213 Elements of Forensic Sciences. These courses include 4 four hour laboratory sessions. Together they will provide 10 hours instruction in the following FEPAC core topics: Crime scene investigation, Physical evidence concepts, Analytical chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis, Drug chemistry/toxicology, Microscopy and materials analysis, Forensic biology, and Pattern evidence.
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Fundamentals I and II are survey courses designed to meet certain accreditation requirements of the Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) [Standard 5.3.1a].
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