Forensic Investigations

GMS6350

Elective Course
Credits: 3
Instructor: Dr. Tim Gallagher


This course will give the student a basic understanding of the various professional disciplines that must come together to successfully process a crime scene that involves human death. Students will also explore the basic scientific and legal principles of physical evidence as well as issues of rights to privacy and evidence integrity.

Objectives:

  • Identify and explain the roles and responsibilities of each major player in a crime scene investigation.
  • Understand the principles of forensic evidence, including federal rules of evidence.
  • Distinguish between civil and criminal legal issues.
  • Understand their rights to privacy regarding search warrants, requirements of warrants, and exceptions.

Topics:

Module

Topic

Module 1 Medical Examiner and Coroner Systems
Module 2 The Medicolegal Death Investigator
Module 3 The Crime Scene Investigator
Module 4 The Forensic Analyst
Module 5 The Major Case Detective
Module 6 The Expert Witness
Module 7 Principles of Evidence
Module 8 Criminal and Civil Law Issues