CIF4103EN - Crime Scene Investigation

Course description

This is a course that exposes students to the dynamics associated to criminal investigations. Realistic scenarios pertaining to the crime scene investigation arena will be explored for the purpose of recognizing the importance of the historic measures that have been employed to investigate crime and the types of analyses that should be utilized to document, collect, and preserve evidence alike.

How this course benefits students

The course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses but with an emphasis on the purpose of collecting evidence within crime scene investigations

Why this course is important

Crime is an aspect that thrives and subsists throughout society; the nature of assessing what occurred at the scene(s) of the event, for who may be held accountable for the act(s), and even the motive associated to these types of behaviors center upon the evidence that is left at the scene. Crime scene investigations is not only a popular area of interest due to the entertainment association and working knowledge that is accredited to media exposure, or what we know as the CSI Effect, but rather for the importance of ensuring that evidence is being collected from the scene as accurately as possible. This course will provide an opportunity for students to delve into the investigative arena to address measures that are implemented to collect, preserve, and investigate evidence that is discovered at the scene of the crime.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Investigation & Forensics
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will address the importance associated to the collection and preservation of evidence; in addition, the Biblical principles of wisdom and truth will be embraced as strategies for making appropriate and necessary strides to ensure that duty comes before the desires of the flesh.

Missionally driven

This course will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the purpose of order and strategy within evidence collection processes that occur at crime scenes. The focus centers upon determining the most appropriate technique to be utilized to ensure that the correct measure of identification, collection, and preservation of evidence is being applied in correlation to the type of evidence being collected. The mission encompasses the face of honesty; evidence collection should take place within an empire of honesty and truth to ensure that justice can be served against those that have been victimized.

Contextually informed

Crime dates back to Biblical times; justice is served based upon the facts associated the crime reported. The circumstance surrounding the crime is something that can at times be compared to previous events of criminality; however, the caveat of innovation should not be overlooked. There are elements that should not be dismissed simply because it has not or is not typically seen within an investigation. The ideology of the CSI Effect is explored within this course for the purpose of addressing fabrications associated to the realities of investigations and to ensure that no pattern or piece of evidence goes ignored.

Interculturally focused

The culture associated to justice is political in nature; therefore, to ensure that a lens of favoritism is not utilized within the collection of evidence, procedures and policies are provided and suggested to reduce the opportunity to operate within an unethical manner.

Practically minded

The investigative arena embraces an element of analysis and crime scene investigations even more so implements this level of analytical exploration for the purpose of inspecting the validity of actions by others. This course will provide students with the opportunity to research and examine each type of evidence collection that corroborates directly with the type of evidence left at a scene. The operations utilized to investigate, collect, and preserve various types of evidence transpires a societal response based upon the notion that the collection was done correctly; therefore, the amount of pressure associated to these vocational opportunities can be stressful at times.

Experientially transformed

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate together on addressing the serviceable element associated to the mission of evidence collection in the investigative realm of criminal justice. There will be activities, assessments, and tasks that will address the appropriate modalities to incorporate in the evidence collection, preservation, and analysis process.