Forensic Science and Law

Forensic Science and Law PNG

COURSE OBJECTIVE

Lawyers, forensic scientists and other fact investigators spend considerable time engaged in the gathering and organization of “evidence” that will be presented at trial. The aim of this course is to learn how diverse scientific methods are applied by practitioners of forensic science in the acquisition, interpretation and presentation of physical, biological and other evidence. By combining selected activities from the fields of criminalistics and the law of evidence, this course hones your to visualize the full train of events from searching for evidence through to its presentation in court.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should:

  • Be able to analyze and practice the process of making inferences about “facts” and “evidence” in forensic contexts;
  • Possess the ability to apply scientific methodology to the field of criminal investigation;
  • Have an awareness of the interdependencies of the judicial and the policing frameworks in the shaping of forensic science;
  • Understand one key method for organizing and evaluating forensic evidence—namely the Wigmorean Method for the analysis of legal evidence; and,
  • Understand the special roles of expert forensic witnesses in the American legal

Key Skills

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role and limitations of forensic techniques in solving investigative problems;
  • Design solutions to investigative problems;
  • Assess the evidential value of recovered items and facts;
  • Give an oral presentation on scientific evidence location, analysis, interpretation or presentation in court;
  • Work productively as part of a group;
  • Master the basic skills of fact analysis and the rules that govern their presentation in court.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should:

  • Be able to analyze and practice the process of making inferences about “facts” and “evidence” in forensic contexts;
  • Possess the ability to apply scientific methodology to the field of criminal investigation;
  • Have an awareness of the interdependencies of the judicial and the policing frameworks in the shaping of forensic science;
  • Understand one key method for organizing and evaluating forensic evidence—namely the Wigmorean Method for the analysis of legal evidence; and,
  • Understand the special roles of expert forensic witnesses in the American legal

Key Skills

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the role and limitations of forensic techniques in solving investigative problems;
  • Design solutions to investigative problems;
  • Assess the evidential value of recovered items and facts;
  • Give an oral presentation on scientific evidence location, analysis, interpretation or presentation in court;
  • Work productively as part of a group;
  • Master the basic skills of fact analysis and the rules that govern their presentation in court.

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