1. Introduce the student to the role of criminalistics, and related
roles of evidence technology in major felony investigations
including; death, robbery, assault, rape, and burglary.
2. Provide the knowledge necessary to effectively and efficiently
identify physical evidence.
3. Develop the proficiencies required for properly collecting
4. Provide knowledge of the degrees and limits of scientific
conclusions resulting from the examination and testing of
5. Provide basic knowledge of the nature and physical properties
of various categories of physical evidence and to additionally
develop an understanding of common examination and testing
processes used in the crime laboratory.
6. Provide a basic knowledge in the use of fingerprint and other
personal identification evidence.
7. Provide the knowledge necessary to understand and utilize
various investigative methods in the witness identification of
8. Provide the knowledge necessary for completing a crime scene
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of
identifying, collecting, and preserving physical evidence through
laboratory practical application, oral presentation, term project,
and written examination, to the satisfaction of the instructor to
include: Blood, ballistics, and trace evidence. The student will
demonstrate in a practical exercise the procedures used in in-field
The student will complete a final examination practical crime scene
exercise demonstrating the kwowledge and procedures taught during
1. Death Investigation.
2. Blood and Investigation.
3. Firearms Evidence (Ballistics).
4. Robbery and Assault Investigation.
5. Methods of Identification.
6. Sexual Assault Investigation.
7. Other Areas of Physical Evidence and Related Investigations.
8. Crime Scene Sketch.
9. Fingerprint Evidence.
A MORE DETAILED OUTLINE IS AVAILABLE IN THE DEPARTMENT.
1. Written examination (3).
2. Performance tests in physical evidence labs (group exercises).
3. Class participation and attendance.
4. Written outside assignments including lab sheets, investigative
techniques research, investigative statute, and case law
5. Final examination - Crime Scene Practical.
6. Typed notebook containing lecture notes, homework, lab sheets,
etc. Reviewed at semester's end.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 40%
|Written homework, Lab reports, Essay exams, TERM NOTEBOOK||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Homework problems, Lab reports, Exams||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 40%
|Class performances, Performance exams||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 40%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, SHORT ESSAY||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, 2nd Ed.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE BULLETINS DIRECTORY OF SERVICE by California
Department of Justice.