2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

PSC 107 Introduction to Criminal Investigations

3 hours 

The course provides a history of criminal investigation and an in-depth look at the investigative process as well as ethical considerations that apply.  Students will learn about the qualifications for becoming an investigator, crime scene search techniques, preparing effective field notes and investigative reports, interviewing and interrogating suspects and witnesses, the proper collection and packaging methods used to preserve evidence, contributions of forensic science in criminal investigation, legal issues involved in criminal investigations and preparing a case for trial.  They will also learn about real-life examples to enhance their understanding of how to effectively apply the techniques and tools provided.