Directions for Writing Essays
to Criminal Investigation,
the class many of you have been waiting for. I
have turned this into a forensics class, so we will have lots of labs
where you will be able to use your evidence bag and get a little dirty. This class will describe what a real CSI team
does, which may be quite disappointing if you were expecting something
out of the
television series CSI-Las Vegas. Whether
or not you have aspirations to be an evidence technician, it is my hope
you learn how to recognize evidence, how to collect it, and how to make
admissible in court.
Let me warn you now that you must come to class prepared or you will not pass. You will have a quiz that covers the assigned reading at the beginning of each class. Do your reading or you will not pass the quizzes, which are worth 15% of your grade. Do not miss classes, as we will have frequent labs which are worth up to 35% of your grade and cannot be made up regardless of the worthiness of your excuse. Click the buttons to the left to see the readings and an introduction to each week.
Here is a review of the classes and labs:
Week 1: Intro to criminal investigation
Week 2: Crime scene sketching
Week 3: Crime scene photography
Week 4: Packaging evidence
Week 5: Latent and inked fingerprints
Week 6: Plaster casts
Week 7: Wet evidence (mostly biological fluids)
Week 8: Microfibers
Week 9: Final project.
Week 10: Final exam and turn in final project report
Several parts of this class require that you write brief reports on the model of a police subsequent report. Some students have trouble with these reports, so I have written simple example reports for you to study. Notice, that as I explain in class, you need to include a description of the scene. See here for the outdoor example, and here for the indoor example.
© Christopher Bruno