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First-Year Forensic Science Courses

FRSC 1010H – Introduction to forensic science (Sc.)
FRSC 1011H – Introduction to crime scene investigation (Sc.)
FRSC 1100H – Introduction to Canadian justice

FRSC 1010H – Introduction to forensic science (Sc.)

This course is designed to introduce students to forensic science and its interdisciplinary nature through an exploration and examination of forensic sub-disciplines and emerging techniques including: DNA forensics, forensic chemistry, wildlife forensics, forensic dentistry, forensic pathology, food forensics, microbial forensics, bioterrorism, forensic entomology, environmental forensics, among others. Beyond providing students with a broad overview of forensic science, students will be encouraged to explore and develop their own specific interests in forensic science.

OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce students to the basic elements of several sub-fields of forensic science and emerging forensic techniques
  • Survey forensic science disciplines through interactive lectures/seminars, case studies, field and laboratory work
  • Illustrate how the scientific method is implemented in relation to existing and emerging forensic techniques and their validation
  • Provide students with broader exposure to the multifaceted and interdisciplinary realm of forensic science and to allow students to explore and develop their individual interests in forensic science, through cases studies and presentations

COURSE FORMAT

Weekly lectures; biweekly lab/tutorial

COURSE TEXT

Saferstein, R., From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, Pearson, Prentice Hall 2009

FRSC 1011H – Introduction to crime scene investigation (Sc.)

This course is designed to introduce students to forensic science and its interdisciplinary nature through an exploration and examination of the forensic application of science in the spheres of government, police, legal and industry. This course will provide the student an opportunity to learn the theories of applying scientific methods in a practical setting. This will include the discovery, identification, collection and processing of “evidence”. This practical experience will continue with the use of such collected evidence in subsequent moot legal forums.

OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce students to the basic elements of forensic science, the law and professional/practitioner skills; provide an understanding of the professional culture of the field and the interdependency of the professions involved
  • Survey forensic science disciplines through interactive lectures/seminars, case studies, field and laboratory work
  • Illustrate how the scientific method is implemented in relation to existing and emerging forensic techniques and their validation
  • Provide students with applied skills experience through scene examination and processing, court experience as well as research techniques and new developments in science to aid crime scene investigators in processing a scene

COURSE FORMAT

Weekly lectures; biweekly lab/tutorial

COURSE TEXT

Saferstein, R., From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, Pearson, Prentice Hall 2009

FRSC 1100H – Introduction to Canadian justice

This course will introduce students to current issues in criminal justice, and will emphasize the study of civil and administrative laws, and the processes and systems that structure the enforcement of these laws. Particular attention will be given to investigative and evidentiary responsibilities.

OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the primary sources of law-making
  • Distinguish between criminal, civil and administrative law and understand how each works and how they may inter-relate
  • Research and critically analyse legislation and case law
  • Understand court processes, roles and other considerations in the progression of legal matters

COURSE FORMAT

Weekly lectures

COURSE TEXT

Paul Atkinson, The Canadian Justice System: An Overview, 2nd Edition, LexisNexis Canada Inc. 2010

For More Information

Course notes, assignments, and other details are available to enrolled students via myTrent >> learning system. For more information regarding these course offerings or if you have any other questions, please contact the Forensic Science department.