Getting Started

Welcome to Forensic Science 200! You will be introduced to the philosophies, principles and professional practices of Crime Scene Investigation. This is a science course; you will be required to think and perform like a scientist. Are you ready?

Prerequisites: Although there are no prerequisites for FRNSC200, you will be expected to apply knowledge from multiple fields of study including, but not limited to, Chemistry, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Statistics, Philosophy, and Criminology. What you do not already know will be taught to ensure your success; however, you need to be prepared to think critically and scientifically throughout the rigorous curriculum.

Thinking like a Scientist: What does it mean to think scientifically and to perform like a scientist? You will need to understand the processes involved in the scientific method and how to apply them to your assignments. You will research, theorize, gather information, analyze data, and collaborate.

Conduct Yourself like a Professional: Keep in mind, all crime scenes involve real people: sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, friends, spouses, and loved ones. In any violent crime, only the perpetrator(s) and victim(s) know what really happened. If it is murder, the evidence speaks for the victim.  The forensic scientist listens to this evidence.  A jury is forced to use the available evidence as their guidepost to ascertain the truth. If you work diligently and listen to what the evidence says, you will hear the whole story.  

  • Consider and reconsider the evidence.
  • Listen to your team.
  • Victims deserve objectivity and our legal system demands it. Multiple minds can achieve this.
  • Work with your TA/Supervisor.

Murders and the Crime Scenes: You will be investigating two murder crime scenes in order to practically apply the knowledge you gain in this course. Even though the murders and their circumstances have been fabricated, you are expected to treat the investigation of the crime scenes and the murders seriously. With all of the television shows today glamorizing the field of forensic studies, it is easy to forget that people are involved.

Do You Have the Time? You will need to devote a significant amount of time per week to studying and completing the assignments for FRNSC200. If you find the material particularly challenging or your scientific background is weak, you may find that the coursework will require more of your time. Be aware: you are going to be working on a team and your team will depend on you to do your share of the work. Crime Scene Investigation is a team effort. You cannot afford to fall behind in the coursework for this class. Not only will you find it difficult (if not impossible) to catch up on your individual assignments, you will adversely affect the ability of your entire team to complete their work.

Working Online: Before you begin this course, make sure you have all of the hardware and software required. Review the Technical Requirements section of the syllabus located under the Getting Started menu. You cannot successfully complete your coursework without this technology. You will be required to attend the first lecture, which will fully explain how to use the online features of this course including Adobe Connect and the websites.