FRS515 - Wounds and Blunt Force Trauma

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Subject Title
Wounds and Blunt Force Trauma

Subject Description
The term Living-Forensics refers to that part of forensic science that applies to the living patient in the resolution of legal issues. This concept is relatively new in Canada. This course is designed to provide the medical, scientific and forensic principles relevant to the forensic health care of living patients. The course will focus on assessment, documentation and evaluation of blunt and sharp injuries, gunshot wounds, thermal injuries, decubitus ulcers, homicide and suicide events and motor vehicle trauma.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject in Forensic Investigative Studies programs.

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

  1. Outline the categories of living forensic patient case identifications.
  2. Assess blunt and sharp injuries, gunshot wounds, thermal injuries and decubitus ulcers.
  3. Assess the mechanisms of injuries related to blunt and sharp injuries, gunshot wounds, thermal injuries and decubitus ulcers.
  4. Outline the principles of forensic assessment and documentation of the living patient.
  5. Outline the principles of forensic documentation and photography of wounds and injuries.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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