Introduction to Forensic Science by mudoc123


									CJUS 4380
                                        Advanced Criminalistics II

Edward E. Hueske, B.S., M.A
Office 289L Chilton Hall
Office hours: Mon & Wed 8:30A-11:30A
Course Packet: A required course packet of selected manuscripts and readings will comprise the main
reference material for the course. The basic reference text for this course is Criminalistics: an Introduction
to Forensic Science by Richard Saferstein (9th edition, Prentice-Hall).

Course Description: This course is the third in a 3-part series in criminalistics. This course will cover four
different sub-disciplines of criminalistics: Latent Prints, Physical Matches, Trace Evidence and Controlled
Substances. The goal of this class will be to provide students with an understanding of the scientific
method, the theory of individualization and the application of critical thinking as applied to these sub-
disciplines. Hands-on laboratory exercises will be used to further develop lecture topics. The
criminalistics lab is located in room 275 in Chilton Hall.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1.  Distinguish between class characteristics and individual characteristics of friction ridge detail
    2.  Articulate the scientific and legal requirements for the identification of latent prints to a specific
    3. Apply the techniques for enhancement of latent prints in a manner appropriate to a particular
    4. Understand the scientific basis for physical matches
    5. Recognize trace evidence at crime scenes
    6. Describe what forensic laboratory capabilities and limitations are with respect to trace evidence
    7. Define the distinctions between various categories of hairs and fibers
    8. Distinguish between the various categories of controlled substances according to the federal
    9. Understand the laboratory capabilities and limitations regarding the analysis of controlled
    10. Recognize common ingredients used in clandestine drug manufacture

Class Schedule: (Note: this schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen interferences and other
considerations. Whenever required, changes will be announced at the start of class as far in advance
of the impacted date as possible).

Jan 21    Introduction; Basic concepts of physical science utilized in criminalistics; Individualization of friction ridge
          Detail; Preparation of major case prints; Principles of comparison; Misconceptions & errors in identification
          Assignment: Read the handout material. Lab Exercise 1 (SRB)

Jan 28   Latent Prints: Basic concepts/ Development processes.
         Assignment: Read the handouts. Lab Exercise 2 (SRB)

Feb 4    Latent Prints: Basic concepts/ Development processes (cont’d).
         Assignment: Read the handouts. Lab Exercise 3 (Chilton)

Feb 11  Comparison of latent prints; AFIS Lab Case studies: Oklahoma case.
       Assignment: Study for quiz; Review the questions at the end of the Latent
       Prints section of the text and the handout material.; Study for Exam; Lab Exercise 4 (Chilton)
Feb 18 Exam over Latent Prints; Lab Exercise 5 (Chilton)

Feb 25     The O.J. Simpson case and trace evidence: Hairs; Assignment:
            Lab Exercise 6 (Chilton)

Mar 11     Fibers; Lab Exercise7 (Chilton)

Mar 11     Trace evidence : Paint & soil; Case study: Jennifer Wilson case.
           Review the questions at the end of the Trace Evidence section of the text.

Mar 18     Spring Break

Mar 25 Physical matches – the scientific basis. Lab Exercise 8 (Chilton)

Apr 1      Physical matches and Daubert; Lab exercise 9 (Chilton); Study for Exam

Apr 8 Exam over Trace Evidence and Physical Matches

Apr 15       Controlled Substances Analysis Laboratory Identification
           (presumptive and confirmatory testing) Lab Exercise 10 (SRB)

Apr 22     Controlled Substances Analysis (cont’d): Clandestine Drugs (Video: Clandestine Drug Labs)

April 29     Dead Week – Review

May 6      Final Exam (controlled substances only)

Lab Exercises

The lab exercises are an essential component of the course. Not completing all the lab exercises will negatively impact
the learning experience and be reflected accordingly in the final grade for the course. Lab exercises will begin the day
following their listing (as shown above) and are to be completed prior to the next lecture period.

Grade Computation

3 scheduled exams plus 10 lab exercises will constitute the basis for grade computation.

Your grade will simply be based upon the total points that you accumulate divided by the total possible.


Your registration fee buys you the right to occupy a seat in the classroom during the scheduled hours of the
class. Whether or not you choose to occupy that seat is your decision. However, if you choose not to
attend class you must accept the following consequences:

     1.    You will miss information , such as case studies, that is not available in the text or elsewhere that
           you will be responsible for on quizzes and exams
     2.    You will miss information as to schedule changes that may arise
     3.    You may not make-up any missed assignments

The choice of attending class or not is yours to make, however you must be prepared to accept the
consequences if you choose not to come.

Classroom courtesy and decorum

Please adhere to the following basic elements of classroom courtesy:

    1.   Turn off all forms of electronic communication/entertainment prior to entering class.

    2.   It is expected that you are in your seat and prepared to begin class at the designated hour.

    3.   Do not bring food into the classroom for consumption during class

Academic dishonesty

Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will result in immediately being dropped with a grade of


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