May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJA 214 - Introduction to Forensic Science

4 Credit(s)

An introductory survey of science and its application to the law. Provides an overview of the primary forensic science disciplines and an examination of principals, theories and practices related to the collection and analysis of evidence. Topics include types of physical evidence; crime scene processing methods and procedures; crime laboratories; analytic methods; interpretation of analytical test results; and related case law. Lab included.

Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Describe proper, offense-specific crime scene processing and evidence collection and custody practices based on types of evidence
2. Describe appropriate analytic techniques and tests for various types and classes of physical evidence
3. Apply the scientific method to the analysis of evidence and crime scene reconstruction
4. Assess the strengths and weaknesses, usefulness and limitations of specific forensic science applications and methods
5. Analyze the development, scope, and limitations of fundamental scientific concepts, models, theories, and methods as they apply to the investigation of crime
6. Discuss the development and current status of case law regarding acceptable scientific methods and theories and the admission of evidence and expert testimony

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