Project #21995 - Forensic

 

Week 1

 

Post Your Introduction

 


Choose one of the following and post a substantive initial response by Day 1. Then, respond to three classmates by Day 7. Your initial post should be 150-250 words in length.

 

  1. Introduce yourself to the class. Along with a brief introduction, include a description of a criminal case that you believe has had the strongest impact on forensic science and how law enforcement conducts their investigations.
  2. Introduce yourself to the class. Along with a brief introduction, include a description of what you believe is the biggest challenge facing forensic laboratories today. This can be specific to a particular field of study in the lab (e.g., biology, firearms) or the lab as a whole.

 

Week 2 Dis 1

 

c.       Peer Review

 


Do you see value in the peer review process, as outlined in Chapter 1 of your text? Between the New England Journal of Medicine, your local newspaper, and a television news report, which do you believe is a more credible source? Why? Explain your method of evaluation in determining if a source is reliable.

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 1 Dis 2

 

Your First Scene

 


You are the lead investigator of a small agency, which means your forensic lab is limited. You are called to a report of a decomposed body. Your scene is a decaying body lying in the shrub along a busy freeway. What are your steps in securing the scene and evidence? What steps will you take to correctly process this scene? Include and specifically address the following:

 

  1. How to thoroughly record a crime scene including searching the scene
  2. Packaging physical evidence
  3. Maintaining proper chain of custody

 

In your opinion, will this case be easy to solve? Why or why not?

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 1 Journal

 

You’re an Expert!

In Chapter 1 of the text, the author discusses several forensic science specialties. Whether or not your goal is to have a career in forensic science, list what specialties you found interesting. Identify what appeals to you about that specialty. Reflect on your goals in using your degree, and list two areas of the lab you would prefer to work and why. List at least three areas where your work would contribute to forensic science.

The journals are your opportunity to reflect on the topics of the class and how they may impact your personal and professional life. The journals are only accessible to you and the instructor, so feel free to write however much you like on the topic provided. Though academic writing style is always important, this activity is focused on your process of reflection rather than your use of grammar.

 

 Week 1 - Assignment

 


The CSI Effect

Read “Fact or Fiction?; The Jury is Still Out on the CSI Effect; A TV-Insprired Interest in Forensics Has Left the Courtroom Vulnerable to Junk Science,” which is located in the ProQuest database in the Ashford Online Library.  

What is the CSI Effect, and do you believe it is a legitimate concern?

In your paper, address the following:

 

  1. Summarize the CSI Effect and evaluate if it is a legitimate concern.
  2. Analyze the impact of the CSI Effect in the courtroom.
  3. Interpret what prosecutors can do to overcome this phenomenon.

 

The paper must be three to four pages in length and formatted according to the APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the Reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

 

Week 2 Dis 1

 

Drugs and Scheduling

 


Some stimulants can be used in the treatment of hyperactive disorders, which can lead to abuse. Do you think more scheduling is necessary to prevent this? If so, what type of criteria should be included? Argue your opinion as to why the above listed criteria need to be included. If not, argue your reasons for leaving the scheduling as it is.

While the schedule of a drug will help determine the severity of the charge against a suspect in a drug case, the amount of drug also plays a factor. Explain the necessity of the following:

 

  1. Analysis of drugs in a criminal case
  2. The chain of custody, and
  3. The preservation of evidence

 

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 2 Dis 2

 

Field Sobriety Tests

 


An officer responds to an accident in which a vehicle has crashed into a parked car. The driver seems to have the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath but does not exhibit any other signs of impairment. The officer conducts several field sobriety tests on the driver. One of the most familiar sobriety tests is the walk and turn test. Do you think this is an effective way to judge whether a person has been drinking? Why or why not? Inventory the benefits and drawbacks.  

Considering your newfound knowledge of ethanol, why do you think the tests used in the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program help in the determination of alcohol use and impairment in the individual?

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 2 - Journal

 

SANE or Not?

You have had an opportunity to read about sexual assault cases and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) personnel involved in these emotional types of cases. SANE personnel are helping many sexual assault victims through the judicial process. Reflect on what you think makes an excellent SANE employee and what similarities you would bring to the field. What are some additional qualities you would bring to this type of forensic case?

The journals are your opportunity to reflect on the topics of the class and how they may impact your personal and professional life. The journals are only accessible to you and the instructor, so feel free to write however much you like on the topic provided. Though academic writing style is always important, this activity is focused on your process of reflection rather than your use of grammar.

 

Week 2 - Assignment

 



Conducting Your Own Field Sobriety Test

This assignment will give you the opportunity to conduct your own field sobriety tests. As outlined in your text, there are three standardized tests used by an officer to determine if a suspect is impaired. Select one of the following learning activities on which to base this assignment.

 

  1. Conduct the three field sobriety tests. If you are able, use a camera to record yourself conducting the tests. Evaluate your ability to perform the tests and any issues you feel these tests might provide in determining if someone is under the influence. Knowing what you know about ethanol and blood alcohol concentration, how would you explain in court what it means to be driving under the influence?

 


Document your findings in a two-page-paper, including a brief description of each test, the ease or difficulty in which you had conducting or performing the tests, and any issues you feel these tests might present in court.

 

  1. Watch the video, “Top 3 Sobriety Tests – number 2,” of an officer initiating a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driving and his attempted evaluation of the driver. Document the manner in which she performed these tests. Knowing what you know about ethanol and blood alcohol concentration, how would you explain in court what it means to be driving under the influence?

    Document your findings in a two-page-paper, including a brief description of the stop, the ability of the driver to perform the tests assigned, and your evaluation of the entire contact.

 

The assignment must be formatted according to the APA style. Cite your resources in text and on the Reference page, as appropriate. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

 

Week 3 Dis 1

 

Hair Evidence

 


After watching “
She Was Never in My Car,” discuss the scenario below.

You are given the black hairs collected from the car seat of the possible suspect in this case. These hairs could be human or animal. How would you go about analyzing and comparing these samples? In court, the Defense challenges your findings in this case as circumstantial. How might you defend your trace evidence?

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 3 Dis 2

 

Arson Dogs

 


Arson dogs are useful tools for finding accelerants in locations where human investigators cannot. Some believe that arson dogs and their indication of possible accelerant residue should not be used as evidence in court.

Do you think arson dogs come up with better results than a chemical sniffer? Why or why not? Provide evidence to support your opinion.

If your last name begins with A-L, argue your opinion for allowing arson dog findings to be entered into court.

If your last name begins with M-Z, argue your opinion for preventing arson dog findings to be entered into court.

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 3 - Journal

 

Professional Painter

Oftentimes, paint and fiber evidence is overshadowed by the more glamorous DNA evidence in cases today. Paint and fiber evidence is sometimes discounted as being mediocre evidence, at best, by jurors. With your newfound knowledge of how important this type of evidence can be in criminal cases, take a moment to reflect on how your opinion of this evidence might have changed.  

The journals are your opportunity to reflect on the topics of the class and how they may impact your personal and professional life. The journals are only accessible to you and the instructor, so feel free to write however much you like on the topic provided. Though academic writing style is always important, this activity is focused on your process of reflection rather than your use of grammar.

 

Week 3 - Assignment

 



Case Study Analysis: The Enrique Camarena Case

Read “The Enrique Camarena Case – A Forensic Nightmare.”

Please address the following in detail:

 

  1. Catalog the forensic evidence found in the Camarena Case.
  2. Summarize the steps followed by the crime scene investigators including the mistakes and/or correct steps followed to process the scene through the criminal justice system.
  3. Asses what could have been done better or what could have been improved upon during the forensic investigation of the crime scene.

 

The paper must be at least four to six pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must refer to at least one secondary resource. Cite your resources in text as well as on the Reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

 

Week 4 Dis 1

 

Bite Mark Evidence

 


Bite marks are no longer considered a way to specifically identify someone, but it can be used to exclude or include a person of interest. As a juror on a homicide case, you have heard an odonotologist discuss the bite mark evidence located on the victim and how the suspect cannot be excluded as to whom the bite mark belongs. Review the bite mark photo (below).
If your last name begins with A-L, argue your opinion as to how the bite mark would possibly exclude the suspect. If your last name begins with M-Z, argue your opinion as to how the bite mark would possibly include the suspect. The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 4 Dis 2

 

Fingerprint Evidence

 


Thanks to Hollywood, firearms and the forensic information associate with them has been portrayed as the key piece of evidence in many “case.”  Fingerprinting is oftentimes overshadowed.  Your goal is to argue the importance of fingerprinting in our cases.  Discuss three specific points why fingerprint evidence is crucial to our investigation.

If your last name begins with A-L, address the following:

 

  1. How might you enlighten those who believe fingerprint evidence no longer has a place in forensic investigation?     
  2. Support your thoughts with at least one crime case.
  3. When responding to your classmates, respond to at least one classmate who has been assigned the opposite opinion of yours.

 

If your last name begins with M-Z, address the following:

 

  1. How might you back your opinion of fingerprint evidence still having an impact in forensic science cases today?  
  2. Support your thoughts with at least one crime case.  
  3. When responding to your peers, respond to at least one peer who has been assigned the opposite opinion of yours.

 

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 4 - Journal

 

Do You Have What It Takes?

This week, you are to reflect on what you believe are the personal traits of a forensic scientists and if you have the same traits. What might you have to overcome in your personal make up to meet those requirements as you consider a career in the forensic science field?

The journals are your opportunity to reflect on the topics of the class and how they may impact your personal and professional life. The journals are only accessible to you and the instructor, so feel free to write however much you like on the topic provided. Though academic writing style is always important, this activity is focused on your process of reflection rather than your use of grammar.

 

Week 4 - Assignment

 

What’s Your Impression?
This assignment will give you the opportunity to create and evaluate your own impression evidence. As you have read in your textbook, pattern evidence is, for the most part, examined by the naked eye. Select one of the following learning activities on which to base this assignment.

 

  1. Create two impression patterns of your choice. This can include an imprint and/or indentation pattern. Take photos of the impressions you have created. For example, this can be foot impressions, tire impressions, or fingerprints left in mud, soil, or snow.

    Document the creation of your pattern evidence, what type of individualized pattern you have created, and how you would collect and preserve this evidence. What information can be gleaned from this type of evidence? Include your photos with your Word document.
  2. Review the photos of impression evidence (below), and discuss what type of individualized pattern you see and how you would collect and preserve this evidence. What information can be gleaned from this type of evidence?

    Figure 4.2 & 4.3 Impression Evidence

     Figure 4.2 & 4.3. Impression evidence photos used with permission from photographer. Hebert, H. (2012, December). San Diego, CA.

    The paper must be two pages in length and formatted according to APA style. Cite all your resources in the text as well as on the References page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

 

Week 5 Dis 1 

 

Blood Patterns

 


Read “An Illustrative Homicide Case Involving Blood Patterns” in your text, and review the included photos of evidence.

Looking at the bloodstain patterns on the husband’s clothing, and considering what you have learned about bloodstain patterns, are the patterns consistent with his story? If you do not think they are, why not? If your opinion is one that believes they add credibility to his story, document your reasoning based on the evidence.

Based on the blood pattern evidence shown in the photos, provide your interpretation as to what might have happened in this case.

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 5 Dis 2

 

DNA Evidence

 


Detail how DNA is used in criminal investigations today. What is the current impact of DNA testing on the criminal justice system, and how has DNA revolutionized this system?

For students whose last name ends with A-L, include one case study of how DNA exonerated a person previously convicted of a crime and identify those areas you have discussed above.

For students whose last name ends with M-Z, include one case study of how DNA has helped convict a guilty person of a crime and identify those areas you have discussed above.

The body of your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Week 5 - Journal

 

Cold Case Investigation

You have all heard of cold case investigative units and what they do. You are now a member of your local cold case unit. As they are responsible for reviewing an old, unsolved case, you will be required to review the facts and evidence associated with the case to specifically see if there is some sort of forensic technology that was not available at the time, which you now have at your disposal. If you were the one looking into an old case, what would you be looking for that DNA profiling could be helpful with? Reflect on how you might feel as the family member of a loved one whose case has been unsolved for many years but now has hope for closure.

 

Week 5 - Final Paper

 



Final Paper

In order to complete the Final Paper, watch one of the following videos:

 

  1. Santy, C. (Director). (2007). Welcome to homicide [Television series episode]. In J. Brenkus & M. Stern (Executive producers], Crime 360. New York, NY: A&E Television Networks. Available from the Films On Demand database.
  2. Terra Nova Films, & The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NACALL) (Producers), & Vanden Bosch, J. (Director). (2012). He wouldn’t turn me loose: The sexual assault case of 96-year-old Miss Mary [Documentary]. United States: Terra Nova Films. Available from the Films On Demand database.

 

“Welcome to Homicide” discusses a homicide in Richmond, VA. He Wouldn’t Turn Me Loose: The Sexual Assault Case of 96-year-old Miss Mary discusses the sexual assault of a 96-year-old woman.

You will apply the theories and methods learned throughout the course to create an eight- to ten-page-paper, which includes insight into the role of forensic science, the applications of forensic science for use within the evaluation/processing of major crime scenes, and its role in the criminal justice system.  

You will provide a comprehensive history of forensic science, a review of a crime scene, including management, security, preservation of evidence, as well as identification and analysis of said evidence. At a minimum, your research and information for the research you will complete the following:

 

  1. Outline of a brief history of forensic science. Include important occurrences, events, and findings that contributed to the development of forensic science, especially as it relates to evidence located and evaluated at your crime scene.
  2. Discuss the actions of the initial response to your crime scene and what processing steps this would include, such as surveys, searches, documentation sketches, etc. Include a discussion regarding where you scene is located and what, if any, Fourth Amendment issues exist that should be addressed.
  3. Identify, collect, preserve, and analyze at least three different pieces of evidence detailed in the above crime scene.  
  4. Discuss the analysis of above mentioned evidence and what information can be gleaned from this type of forensic science.
  5. Summarize your findings for crime scene reconstruction as if you were presenting this case to the District Attorney for possible prosecution.

 

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

 

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

 

 

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