- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 104
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Forensic Science? - Definition, History & Types
Course SummaryCriminal Justice 106: Forensic Science has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging Criminal Justice topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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About This Course
The engaging lessons in this self-paced course take a close look at important forensic science topics. Discover new information about or deepen your knowledge of death investigations, crime scene reconstruction, mobile device forensics and much more. This course is beneficial to students working on a forensic science assignment or studying for a test. Educators can utilize this course as a supplemental learning tool while teaching students forensic science concepts. Professionals can get reacquainted with important skills required to perform at a high level on the job.
Multiple-choice quizzes gauge how well you understand individual lessons, while the practice exams check your comprehension of each chapter and the entire course. Use the Dashboard to keep track of your progress through this course and submit lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts.
The course objective is to provide the introduction to the fundamental concepts of forensic science.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of forensic science
- Describe forensic science's role in the larger criminal justice system
- Understand, list, and discuss the responsibilities and procedures of persons conducting forensic examinations of crime scenes
- Understand the different broad categories of physical evidence
- Match and discuss the best analytical techniques to each physical evidence category
- Describe how forensic science is being applied to new types of evidentiary material such as DNA and computers
- Analyze the ramifications of using forensic science on new types of evidentiary material on scientific, ethical and privacy issues
- Explain and evaluate a topic in forensic science, research and analyze that topic further and produce a cogent research paper on the subject
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE & NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Forensic Science||Defines forensic science and discusses its history, current trends, laboratories, specialized services and experts.|
|Physical Evidence & Crime Scene Reconstruction||Explains the basics of crime scenes, preliminary investigations and physical, forensic and circumstantial evidence. Discusses the chain of custody, real evidence in law, crime scene reconstruction and the purpose of paint and glass evidence.|
|Conducting Death Investigations||Describes the roles of medical examiners and death investigation specialists, and discusses death, autopsies and algor, rigor and livor mortis.|
|Trace Evidence in Hair & Fibers||Discusses trace evidence, microscopic hair analysis, differences in human and animal hairs and fiber analysis.|
|Fingerprint Analysis & Collection||Provides details about fingerprint characteristics, latent fingerprints, visible and plastic fingerprints, DNA fingerprinting and the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).|
|Types & Uses of Microscopes||Covers electron, light and fluorescence microscopes. Describes uses of compound, comparison, light and scanning electron microscopes and the microspectrophotometer.|
|Firearms, Tool Marks & Impression Evidence||Examines the basics of ballistics, impression and pattern evidence, forensic firearm investigations and the NIBIN database. Explains methods and purposes for footwear, tool mark and tire mark examinations.|
|Drugs & Substances in Forensic Science||Shares details about pharmacodynamics, club drugs, chromatography, spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. Describes the relationships between drugs, crime and violence, differences between physical and psychological substance dependence and the purpose of forensic drug analysis.|
|Forensic Toxicology||Describes forensic toxicology, alcohol metabolism and facts from Schmerber v. California. Details procedures for alcohol breath testing and blood alcohol level testing.|
|Forensic Serology||Discusses forensic serology, blood types, genotypes for blood types, antibodies and important antigen and antibody vocabulary. Defines genes, chromosomes, genotypes, phenotypes and the Punnett square. Details procedures for serology and rape kits.|
|Basics of DNA in Forensic Science||Defines DNA, complementary base pairing, destructive and non-destructive testing and DNA sequencing. Describes DNA testing, nucleotides, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis and differences between RNA, DNA and types of RNA.|
|Fire & Explosion Investigations||Explains mechanisms of heat transfer, types of arson, arson investigations, explosives and signs of accelerant-initiated fires.|
|Computer & Mobile Device Forensics||Explores mobile device security threats and risks, cyber threats, data breaches and response plans, mobile malware, cell phone spyware and ways to detect spyware on an iPhone.|
|Forensic Document Analysis||Covers handwriting analysis, the questioned document examination (QDE), ink alterations and obliterations and the examination of documents to detect the use of specific printers and photocopiers.|
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|Completed all lessons in Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
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