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Forensic Science (B.S.)

Forensic Science (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles utilized in forensic science
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of chemistry and criminal justice in forensic science
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in crime scene investigation including storage, chain of custody and analysis of evidence based on the applications of scientific method.
  4. Explain the principles of operation for common chemistry laboratory instrumentation used in forensic science, using knowledge of chemical structure and properties and instrument design.
  5. Understand the role of law, ethics, courtroom testimony, quality assurance and professional practice in forensic science

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through papers, exams and other projects completed in the following courses: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I, CHM 1046 General Chemistry II; CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I; CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II; CHM 3120C Analytical Chemistry; CHM 4139C Instrumental Analysis; CCJ 3670 Crime Scene Investigation; CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Criminal Justice Sys; CJL 4133 Criminal Evidence; CHS 4544C Forensic Chemistry.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Interpret and evaluate information obtained in experiments and case studies related to forensic evidence and investigations.
  2. Communicate orally and in writing specific information obtained in experiments and the interpretation of experimental results relating to forensic evidence and investigation.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II. Communication skills are also assessed in the following courses: CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Laboratory; and CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze the latest applications of techniques and technology in the field of forensic science.
  2. Investigate and analyze data from laboratory experiments related to the forensic field for their accuracy and statistical validity by understanding the errors and limitations inherent in laboratory techniques and instruments.
  3. Examine and evaluate methods, results and conclusions in forensic science literature.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the following courses: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I, CHM 1046 General Chemistry II; CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I; CHM 3120C Analytical Chemistry; CHM 4139C Instrumental Analysis; CHS 4544C Forensic Chemistry.