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CMRJ522 - Forensics

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ522 Course ID: 2589 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Students will explore the role of forensic science in the investigation of crime by introducing the non-scientific student to the field. The course will examine the different forensic science disciplines to include pattern evidence, fingerprints, body fluids, firearms, arson, and drug analysis. Scientific methodology as it applies to each forensic discipline will be discussed as well as technological advances making an impact in the field of forensics. The course will include development of case scenarios in order for students to apply critical thinking skills to learning concepts.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO1: Integrate scientific investigation methods related to the discovery, preservation, analysis and admissibility regarding evidence in criminal investigations.

CO2: Critique the techniques and equipment limitations in regards to Forensic Science applications.

CO3: Assess the scope and nature of physical evidence, to include its discovery, preservation, analysis and admissibility.

CO4: Evaluate the limitations that technology and knowledge imposes on the individualization and characterization of physical evidence.

CO5: Predict the usefulness of inductive and deductive reasoning with regard to scientific crime detection.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 29.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.14 %
Week 2 Forum 4.14 %
Week 3 Forum 4.14 %
Week 5 Forum 4.14 %
Week 6 Forum 4.14 %
Week 7 Forum 4.14 %
Week 8 Forum 4.14 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Exams 50.00 %
Midterm Examination 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.