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2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CH 114 - Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

4 Credit(s)

An introduction to chemistry in a forensic context. Topics may include measurement, density, soil chemistry, chromatography, the chemistry of fire, DNA, and organic and inorganic data collection and analysis. Relationships between scientific disciplines are explored. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: MTH 020  or above with grade of C- or better or pass placement test
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply basic chemical concepts used in forensics such as density, measurement, chromatography, and spectrophotometry to identify a substance or compare a known to an unknown forensic sample
  2. Use scientific thought and inquiry to critically analyze data in published forensic case studies, journal or periodical articles or collected in lab related to the CSI effect or other forensic concepts
  3. Understand Locard's exchange principle, services of a typical crime lab, collection of evidence techniques, elements, compounds, states of matter, organic and inorganic analysis techniques, blood typing and characterization, DNA structure and analysis
  4. Demonstrate chemical and biological lab techniques used in forensics for density, measurement, chromatography, organic analysis, inorganic analysis, serology, DNA and arson evidence such as glass, soil, organic and inorganic substances, fuels, blood and DNA evidence 
  5. Engage with others and work safely in a lab, use proper lab techniques
  6. Use the vocabulary of chemistry to explain, discuss and solve problems about the history of forensic science, systems of measurement, physical properties of evidence, organic analysis, inorganic analysis, serology, DNA, arson and explosives

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