This course provides an introduction to the problems
encountered and the techniques used in the scientific examination of physical
and biological evidence. Topics include
crime scene procedures, physical evidence documentation, application of the
scientific method in crime scene investigation, scientific and legal integrity
of physical evidence, ethical issues, professional standards, expert testimony
and the theoretical bases of methods of comparison and their influence on the
interpretation of scientific data.
Emphasis is placed on practical problem solving in forensic
science. Students should register for
this course during their first year of study.