- Name: Introduction to Physical Evidence
- Division: Professional & Applied Technology
- Discipline: Criminal Justice
- Units (Credits): 3.00 - 4.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Surveys the forensic sciences to show their role in the use of physical evidence in matters of criminal and/or civil law. Focuses on the value of modern scientific investigations.
II: Course Objectives
- Recognize crime scene evidence
- Identify scientific evidence
- Diagram the crime scene
- Authenticate documents
- Analyze questioned documents
- Identify photographic evidence
- Evaluate the best evidence rule
- Define the hearsay rule
- Evaluate the exceptions to the hearsay rule
- Categorize inconsistent statements and prior consistent statements
- Differentiate between:
- 1. Attorney-client
- 2. Husband-wife
- 3. Physician-patient
- 4. Clergy-penitent
- 5. Official information
- 6. Media-reporter
- Describe the different types of searches
- Summarize plain view search and open field searches
- Evaluate contacts with lawyers, witnesses, and jurors
III: Course Linkage
The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:
- Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
- Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
- Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
- Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
- Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
- Develop and improve their creative abilities.
- Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.
Scheduled CRJ-265 classes:
There are currently no CRJ-265 classes scheduled for this term.