FRS501 - Introduction to Forensic Science

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Subject Title
Introduction to Forensic Science

Subject Description
This course provides an overview of the biological and life sciences and their roles in civil and criminal trials. The relationship of crime scene investigators to laboratory examiners is explored and discussed. Learn how to properly approach and preserve a crime scene for the potential evidence gained from biological and chemical specimens, firearms, toolmarks, documents and other sources.

Credit Status
One credit in the Forensic Investigative Studies program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Conduct the gathering and preserving of biological evidence for minimum sample degradation.
2. Describe the techniques used and results obtained by the forensic pathologist, anthropologist and entomologist for identification of body fluids and hair.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the chemical, biological and physical science principles appled to specific types of examinations.
4. Outline how to recognize, collect and preserve potential exhibits.
5. Identify the main components of a fingerprint.
6. Assess the use of record shots, infrared, ultraviolet, macro/micro in preserving and presenting evidence in court.
7. Describe principles of document, firearm and toolmark examination and critically assess associated limitations.
8. Identify various patterns of blood spatter indicative of aspects of trauma.
9. Document the basic steps of accident reconstruction.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Approved by: Sandra Noble