Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Laboratory

GMS6359L

In-Person Elective Course
Credits: 3
Instructor: Gabi Suboch


This course has been designed to give students a hands-on approach regarding the basic concepts of bloodstain pattern analysis and interpretation. Students will become familiar with the history, properties of blood, distribution, shapes, sizes, mechanisms to create patterns/stains, surface textures, and methods to obtain Area of Convergence and Area of Origin.

Objectives:

  • Describe the development, history, and advancement of bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Describe the inherent limitations of bloodstain pattern interpretation.
  • Recognize, document, collect, preserve, and examine bloodstain pattern evidence.
  • Recognize and distinguish between spatter stains and non-spatter stains and sequencing events.
  • Understand bloodstains on clothing, absorbent/non-absorbent substrates.
  • Recognize and interpret the mechanism by which bloodstains were created.
  • Recognize the variety of wounds and various weapons used to create wounds.
  • Explain the mathematical relationship which apply to bloodstain patterns in determining Area of Convergence and Area of Origin.
  • Prepare scientifically-based reports, peer-review and courtroom testimony.
  • Understand cognitive bias, subjective v. objective.

Syllabus/tentative agenda coming soon!

Note: immunization documents are required

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