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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to ADMJ 66 Forensic Evidence. This course is fully online and “meets” asynchronously on Canvas, June 10-July 19, 2019. ADMJ 66 is a required course in the CSI Certificate ProgramPreview the document, and is recommended for anyone with a general interest in forensic science. I am happy to have you in the class and look forward to getting to know you over the semester!

About Forensic Evidence

The content of this course will introduce you to the sub-disciplines of forensic science, such as biological, chemical, and pattern evidence, and the importance of physical evidence in a criminal case. You will be introduced to some basic science concepts of science, however, no science background is required for this course. We will focus on the initial recognition of evidence at a scene, its journey through the crime lab, and the types of lab analysis that evidence may undergo. This information may be useful to future law enforcement officers, who frequently encounter and handle evidence as part of their job; crime scene investigators, whose sole job is to document and preserve evidence correctly; forensic scientists, who conduct scientific analysis on the evidence submitted to the lab; and criminal law attorneys, who must determine the probative value of evidence in a case. Whichever occupation is your goal, there is no doubt that you will come across physical evidence and, when you do, you must rely on your education and training to handle, process, and interpret that evidence correctly. 

Course Content & Format

There are six content modules in the course. Each week you'll visit websites, view videos, read several  chapters in the textbook, and respond to questions and classmates on the discussion board. There will also be one test (Canvas calls them "quizzes"... don't let that fool you) at the end of each module.

Required Text: Forensic Science: An Introduction to Investigative Techniques, 5th Edition by Suzanne Bell, published in 2019 by CRC Press. 

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Syllabus

The syllabus for this course can be viewed here. It can also be found under "Modules" in the left side menu. The syllabus lays out the goals, assignments, and expectations of this course, and other information critical to your success. Please refer to the syllabus when you have a question about the course, and email me if something on the syllabus is unclear to you.

Schedule

Because this is an accelerated course, we will be cramming 6 modules into 6 weeks. The pace will move quickly, so please log in every day or every other day to make sure you keep up with the discussion board, video assignments, and readings. Details and assignment due dates can be accessed on Canvas, but will follow this general outline:

Module 0: June 10, WELCOME TO ADMJ 66

Login to Canvas, get familiar with the system and complete the beginning tasks.

Module 1: June 10-17, Introduction to Forensic Evidence & CSI

  • Textbook Chapters 2, 3 & 5
  • EXAM 1 June 16/17

Module 2: June 17-23, Crime Lab: Forensic Biology

  • Textbook Chapters 4, 7, 9 & 10                                         
  • EXAM 2 June 22/23

Module 3: June 23-30, Crime Lab: Forensic Chemistry

  • Textbook Chapters 11, 12, & 17
  • EXAM 3 June 29/30

Module 4: June 30-July 7, Crime Lab: Pattern Evidence

  • Textbook Chapters 14, 15 & 16
  • EXAM 4 July 6/7

Module 5: July 7-14 , Scientific Evidence in Court, Forensic Error

  • Textbook Chapter 1
  • EXAM 5 July 13/14

Module 6: July 14-19, Special Topics in Forensic Science

  • Textbook Chapters 20 & 21
  • EXAM July 18/19

      

Your Responsibilities

Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with web technologies and level of personal commitment, however, you can expect to spend about 9 hours/week during a regular semester, and 15 or more hours per week for an accelerated summer class. An online course is NOT self-paced, and you must keep up with the weekly assignments and deadlines, and manage your time efficiently and effectively. Please don’t underestimate the time commitment! 

Are You Ready for an Online Class?

If you're curious, take this “Test Your Potential as an Online Student” quiz to measure your potential for success. Online learning isn’t for everyone. How well online courses work for you depends on many factors, including your computer system, computer skills and knowledge, reading skills, time management skills, motivation, study skills, self-discipline, and learning style. 

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Accommodations

If you need special accommodations, we’re happy to help. Please contact the Disabled Student Services and Programs (DSPS) by phone: (415) 452-5481 or on the web: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/student-services/student-counseling/dsps.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

Instructor Info

  • Mary Juno, MSc 
  • About Me: I was a CSI for Oakland Police Department for several years, where I processed hundreds of major and minor crime scenes. I have a BA in Forensic Anthropology, and a MS in Forensic Science. I have been teaching in the Forensic Science Program in the Justice Studies Department at SJSU since 2006, and in the Administration of Justice and Fire Science Department at CCSF since 2013. 

 Contacting Me

You can reach me by email at mjuno@ccsf.edu, or through Canvas. If you have general questions during the course (for example, about the material or an assignment), please post them on the Discussion Board's Q&A page. If it is a private matter or question, please email me directly. 

I hope you have fun in this class and enjoy learning about forensic evidence. I look forward to your thoughtful contributions to the discussion board and to the class!

The class begins on June 10. 

Make sure you are registered and that the class is visible on your Canvas dashboard. Once you have access to the course (on the 10th), go ahead and complete the beginning tasks, and jump right into the material!

 

See you soon~

~Mary Juno