FRS510 - Expert Witness Preparation

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Subject Title
Expert Witness Preparation

Subject Description
In this course you'll learn the usefulness as well as the limitations of forensic evidence in criminal court proceedings, focussing on the basis of its admissibility, relevance, role and importance for expert witness testimony. Students learn how to prepare themselves in and out of court for testifying as an expert witness and to understand their function in providing court evidence. Each student will participate in a particular role in developing, examining or cross-examining Crown or defence expert witnesses during the trial of an accused charged with First Degree Murder.

Credit Status
One credit in the Forensic Investigative Studies Certificate.

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

1. Determine and enact the role of an expert witness as part of a criminal trial process.
2. Prepare for an interview following accepted rules of practice.
3. Accomplish effective direct examination and cross-examination of an expert witness.
4. Explain the distinction between competency as a technician and as a witness.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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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