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Biology 3318 Survey of Forensic Science H. Gill-King Biological Sciences Bldg.

/ Rms 403-405 Ph 940-565-4335 Fax 940-565-3821 e-mail Required Readings1. Criminalitics, An Introduction to Forensic Science, 8th ed. Saferstein Prentice-Hall 2. Additional readings will be placed on reserve. These will be announced as they are assigned. Course Objectives – This course is a one semester survey of various areas of forensic science with emphasis on the human biology of death investigation and related physical evidence, including examination of human remains and related biological evidence; e.g. anthropology, pathology, odontology, etc. Students will learn how cases arise, i.e. how human remains are located, recovered, and processed. Supporting biological, clinical, and physical sciences will be covered as well, e.g. toxicology, DNA science, forensic serology / trace evidence, firearms, etc. Guest lectures will be provided occasionally by forensic specialists. Grading – Course grades will be determined by the number of points accumulated on three equipartite examinations, each worth 100 points. Letter grades will be based upon a percent scale as follows: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%…etc. There will be no makeup examinations. All exams will be announced at least one academic week in advance. You are liable for announcements of altered test dates made in your absence. Examinations will cover reading assignments and lecture material. Each test will contain several formats; e.g. matching, blanks, definition / significance, labeling, and short essay. The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus, with appropriate notice, at any time. Unannounced “reserve readings” quizzes may be given from time to time. Attendance- Attendance will not be taken. However, since the class meets only once weekly, attendance is important. There will be no makeup examinations or pop quizzes. Sometimes, an exam may occur on a date different than that noted in the syllabus. You are liable for this information. Students anticipating conflicts due to work, interviews, or other issues should make certain that Wednesday evenings are clear. It is assumed that students will be able to attend all regular class sessions. If you have a schedule conflict that prohibits attendance, drop the class. CHECK THIS NOW. Much of the discussion and visual material presented is inappropriate for children. Do not bring individuals under eighteen to class. They will be escorted from class by Campus Police. If you are upset by materials presented or class discussion, leave the room. You will remain “test- liable” for all material presented. ADA – The instructor will make every effort to accommodate students with documented disabilities. Students seeking special assistance should address these matters to the Office of Disabilities Accommodation. Academic Dishonesty – In general, “academic dishonesty” means the unauthorized giving or receiving of assistance on a graded assignment or examination. See the appropriate university publications for penalties and details. The visible presence of electronic devices, (e.g. cell phones, palms, blackberries, pods, calculators, laptops, etc.), during examinations will be considered as evidence of an attempt to cheat. The first instance of academic dishonesty will result in a zero on the exercise. Subsequent instances will be referred to the administration. American English is the language of instruction - This policy is predicated on the assumption that knowledge gained in this course will be deployed in a society whose principal commercial language is English. Telecommunications Devices- Turn cell phones OFF, or set them to silent signal when you enter class … Laptops and other transcription or recording gear are permitted during lectures. Digital photography of “sensitive” presentation materials is forbidden. Infractions will be prosecuted.

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Standards for the admissibility of novel scientific evidence; Crime scenes and Chain of custody (1,2,3, reserve) The varieties of Human Remains cases and the interaction of disciplines (reserve) Forensic Anthropology I – The Biological Profile Forensic Anthropology II – Ballistic, blunt, sharp instrument, and thermal trauma (reserve) Pathology I – Cause, manner, and mechanism of death / types of deaths requiring investigation Pathology II – Autopsy protocols: sampling issues, who, what, when, where, why ? / Coordination with anthropology and odontology (reserve) EXAM 1 (first class hour) Forensic Odontology – Dental identification; Bitemark evidence (guest lecture) Techniques in identification contd. / Individualization and Bayesian analysis, DNA, Dermatoglyphics; Specialized techniques (Digital Video, Voiceprint, Radiographic, Visage reconstruction) (13,14,16) Location and Recovery of Human Remains Taphonomy I - Forensic chemistry of decomposition / sampling and testing / Decompositional stages Taphonomy II – Physical methods / Prediction of Postmortem Interval Forensic entomology and its uses (reserve) Forensic Toxicology – Postmortem sampling, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics following death / special issues in admissibility (9, 10) EXAM #2 (first class hour) Physical Evidence I / Trace evidence - hair, fiber, paint (7, 8) Physical Evidence II / Firearms and Toolmarks / Bloodspatter and forensic serology (12,15) Arson and blast investigation: human injury / scene investigation (11) Mass Death Investigations – Natural Disasters, terrorism, paramilitary/political deaths (reserve) Cybercrime / guest lecture (reserve) Pre-finals week / Catch up and review EXAM #3 Course concluded


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