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CMRJ341 - Criminalistics

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ341 Course ID: 2557 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The purpose of this course is to educate students regarding the everyday operations of state and federal crime laboratories and the forensic services provided by these organizations. The course is scientifically oriented and will concentrate on the significance of forensic evidence and various testing procedures and instrumentation used to analyze biological, chemical, pattern, and trace items of evidence. Another focus will be the proper recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence obtained from systematic searches of crime scenes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO1: Explain the history and development of forensic science as well as the important contributors to the field.

CO2: Describe the services of a typical comprehensive crime laboratory in the criminal justice system.

CO3: Compare and contrast Frye and Daubert decisions as they relate to the admissibility of scientific evidence within a court of law.

CO4: Explain the proper procedures for conducting a systematic search of a crime scene for physical evidence.

CO5: Describe proper techniques for the collection and processing of different forms of physical evidence as well as the proper chain of custody.

CO6: Compare and contrast individual and class characteristics of physical evidence.

CO7: Evaluate the differences between quantitative and qualitative analyses.

CO8: Describe proper collection strategies and laboratory analyses used in conjunction with biological evidence.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Assignments 20.00 %
Assignment #1 10.00 %
Assignment #2 10.00 %
Forums 44.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.50 %
Week 2 Forum 5.50 %
Week 3 Forum 5.50 %
Week 4 Forum 5.50 %
Week 5 Forum 5.50 %
Week 6 Forum 5.50 %
Week 7 Forum 5.50 %
Week 8 Forum 5.50 %
Introductions 1.00 %
Introductions 1.00 %
Laboratory Exercises 20.00 %
Lab Exercise #1 6.67 %
Lab Exercise #2 6.67 %
Lab Exercise #3 6.67 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Final Project 15.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.