ADJ 171 Syllabus


Division:Arts and Sciences                                                                          †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:†††† Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:†††††† ADJ 171, Forensic Science I


Credit Hours:4††††††††††††† Hours/Wk Lecture:3†††††††† Hours/Wk Lab:††††††††††††††††††††† 3Lec/Lab:

I.              Catalog Description:Introduces the student to crime scene technology and procedures for sketching, diagramming and using casting materials.†† Surveys the concepts of forensic chemistry, fingerprint classification identification and latent techniques, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, death investigation techniques, thin-layer chromatographic methods, and arson materials examination.Prerequisite:ADJ 236.†† Lecture: 3 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total: 6 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


ADJ 171 is a second semester course and is a required course for those pursuing the law enforcement specialization within DCCís Administration of Justice program.ADJ 171 does not require any special experience.


III.           Required Background:


ENG 111 eligibility; ADJ 236, Principles of Criminal Investigation


VI.  †††††Course Content:


A.               Crime Scene

B.               Physical Evidence

C.               Physical Properties

D.               Organic Analysis

E.               Inorganic Analysis

F.                The Microscope

G.               Hairs, Fibers, Paint

H.               H. Drugs

I.                  Forensic Toxicology

J.                Forensic Aspects of Arson

K.               Forensic Serology

L.                DNA

M.               Fingerprints

N.               Firearms, Toolmarks

O.               Document and Voice Examination

P.               Internet and the Future

Q.               Practicum


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.          Evaluation

A.               learn to define the importance of major physical evidence groupings (common examples include: blood, fibers, glass, hair, soil, tool marks)

B.               define major crime laboratory functions andinstrumentation

C.               be aware of trends in the evaluation of solutions to crime by the application of criminalistics/forensic science research

D.               be familiar with directions in various crime scene field kits which will help the student resolve crime scene problems (field kits include: soil, poisons, fingerprints,chromatography, plaster and tool mark casting, DNA)

E.               be able to interact with team members in a comprehensive mock crime scene exercise

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, examinations, papers on forensic science topics as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency according to the conventions of standardEnglish.


VII.          This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives

††††††††† †††††††††† Communication

Critical Thinking

Scientific Reasoning