CJSA 2323
Criminalistics II
Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Lecture—Theory and practice of crime scene investigation. Topics include report writing, blood and other body fluids, document examination, etching, casting and molds, glass fractures, use of microscope, and firearms identification.
    2. Lab—the required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material; some topics covered: introduction of the scientific method, casting, fingerprints, hair and fiber, and preparation of laboratory reports.
    3. Any required prerequisites:  C or higher in CJSA 1308: Criminalistics 1
    4. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: Need a C or higher in CJSA 2323 in order to take CJSA 2332.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Lecture:
      1. Explain the various aspects of theory and practice related to crime scene investigations.
      2. List the procedures used in the various types of evidence discovery and examination.
    2. Lab:
      1. To understand the importance of proper packaging of evidence
      2. To understand the difference between class and individual characteristics and the importance of each in an investigation
      3. To demonstrate proficiency in use of a stereo and compound microscope
      4. To demonstrate understanding of ballistic analysis and comparison
      5. To demonstrate the understanding of developing and lifting fingerprints
      6. To discuss various types of evidence in terms of class and individual
  3. Online Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. Lecture: homework assignments; weekly quizzes; midterm and final exam
      2. Quizzes and exams are timed.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. 12th Edition. Saferstein. 2018. Pearson Prentice Hall. (ISBN: 9780134477596)
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Sequence & Content

Chapter 1-3

Brief review (2 days only)

Chapter 4

Crime Scene Reconstruction: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Chapter 5

Death Investigation

Chapter 8

The Microscope

Chapter 9

Firearms, Tool Marks and Other Impressions

Chapter 10

Matter, Light, and Glass Examination

Chapter 13

Forensic Toxicology

Chapter 15

Forensic Serology

Chapter 18

Document Examination

Chapter 14

Metal, paint, and soil- optional

Chapter 11

Hairs and fibers- optional

Chapter 17

Forensic Aspects of Fire and Explosion Investigation- optional

Chapter 6

Forensic Biometrics-optional



Last Modified/Reviewed: May 9, 2019