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Applied Criminalistics complements prior courses by providing students a chance to experimentally investigate concepts and techniques learned in lectures. Utilizing provided laboratory equipment, students will complete laboratory exercises in their home. These advanced level labs will utilize a hands-on approach providing students with the ability to apply terms, techniques and skills learned in prior courses. Upon completion of this course, student will demonstrate their ability to utilize forensic science techniques and how they are best implemented in the effectiveness and efficiency of the investigative process.
The Forensic Investigation Practicum is a capstone course completed on the campus of Gannon University during a single week summer residency. The practicum utilizes the Forensic Investigation Center (FIC), located on the GU campus, for students to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired. This hands-on experience will occur once students have completed all prior coursework, typically in the student’s second year of the program.
During the one week stay on campus, the practicum will require students to solve a case provided by the instructor, starting at the initial crime scene and concluding in the courtroom where students will defend their findings in front of a judge and jury of their peers. The practicum emphasizes and reinforces the importance of a practical, holistic approach to the scientific investigation of criminal acts.
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