Principles of Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory

GMS6362L

In-Person Elective Course in Gainesville, Florida
Credits: 3
Instructors: Dr. Lerah Sutton and Detective Joshua Mott, CSCSA


This in-person, interactive course has been designed to give students a hands-on approach regarding the basic concepts of forensic science and crime scene investigation and related examination of evidentiary items. Students will become familiar with the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science and several of the specializations within them and perform tasks pertaining to each specialization.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Perform and explain crime scene security, approaching a scene, searches and documentation of evidence
  • Perform basic photography as it is related to crime scenes
  • Perform latent print recovery using different processing methodology and documentation
  • Perform tasks related to trace evidence identification and recovery
  • Perform biological examinations, including blood pattern analysis, alternative light source applications and chemical enhancement procedures
  • Perform the basic steps of forensic anthropology and archeological recovery
  • Perform basic concepts of DNA recovery, examination, and preservation
  • Perform concepts related to firearm examination including GSR testing, muzzle-to-target distance determinations, and other analyses
  • Analyze, process, and document a mock crime scene using the culmination of all methodologies and present evidentiary findings in a courtroom setting
  • Pass a test using the culmination of all forensic science disciplines presented

Download a tentative agenda (subject to change): Syllabus

Note: immunization documents are required

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