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Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Develop an understanding of the scientific principles of crime scene investigation and reconstruction, including evidence collection and preservation.
    2. Demonstrate the capabilities, use, potential and limitations of forensic laboratory theory and techniques in respect to the analysis of evidence.
    3. Utilize ethical principles and an understanding of legal precedents to make decisions related to investigative techniques, analysis of evidence, and courtroom testimony.
    4.  Demonstrate problem-solving skills and synthesize forensic, evidential, and investigatory information from multiple sources to generate theories about a crime.
    5.  Demonstrate the ability to conduct interviews and interrogations, develop and execute investigative plans, follow up investigative leads, document their findings, and testify to the interpretation of evidentiary findings in a courtroom setting.
    6.  Demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills through an applied capstone experience.

     Laboratory Experience

    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.  

    Capstone Experience

    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.