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FSCS Course Descriptions

  • FSCS 301 FORENSIC SCIENCE (3)

    Introduces students to forensic science topics, including crime scene processing, fingerprints, firearms and toolmarks, questioned documents, serology, fire and explosives, trace evidence, pathology and instrumental analysis. Lectures, demonstrations, and basic laboratory exercises are used to present the subject matter.

  • FSCS 307 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (3)

    Focuses on the scientific techniques used to investigate different types of crime scenes, including burglaries, ­murders, rapes, arsons, and bombings. Students learn to recognize, identify, ­collect, preserve, transport, record, and process physical evidence such as body fluids, body fluid stains, items of trace evidence, tire and shoe impressions, latent fingerprints, weapons, and tools.

  • FSCS 320 INTERVIEWS AND INTERROGATIONS (3)

    Covers the basic and specific techniques employed in criminal justice interviews and interrogations. Emphasizes processes including the interpretation of verbal and physical behavior. Considers legal issue and distinctions. Upon completion of the course, students are able to understand and conduct interviews and interrogations in a legal, ethical, efficient and professional manner. Prerequisite: none.

  • FSCS 400 LABORATORY SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE (3)

    Introduces students to the various principles of safety and quality assurance in a forensic laboratory. Laboratory safety topics include OSHA standards. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), workplace safety, personal protective equipment, employer liability, and employee responsibilities. Quality assurance topics include quality concepts and quality assurance principles, documentation, document control, standard operating procedures, proficiency testing, validation standards, test standards, instrument calibration, instrument maintenance, auditing principles, laboratory accreditation and analyst certification. Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, and Physics I and II.

  • FSCS 403 TRACE EVIDENCE (4)

    Focuses on the acquisition and analysis of trace materials commonly found in crime scenes. Laboratory fee required. prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, and FSCS 400 and FSCS 407 I.

  • FSCS 404 ARSON INVESTIGATION AND GLASS ANALYSIS (4)

    An introduction to the theory and practice of arson investigation through use of gas chromatography and to the theory and practice of glass analysis through lab use of the GRIM III Refractive Index Measuring System. Laboratory fee required. prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II and FSCS 400 and FSCS 407 8.

  • FSCS 405 MICROSCOPY (4)

    Provides instruction in the methods of collecting, handling, preparing, identifying, and comparing items of trace evidence. Topics include use of the steromicroscope, compound microscope, comparison microscope, microspectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope, polarizing microscope, florescent microscope, and hot-stage microscope. These methods are demonstrated and students conduct hands-on analyses of materials using some of this equipment. Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, and (or concurrent enrollment in) FSCS 400. Laboratory fee.

  • FSCS 407 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (4)

    The use of scientific instruments in forensic testing is the focus of this course. Lectures and laboratories cover instrumentation theory, data systems, method development, and qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques. Techniques discussed include gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatograpy (LC), thin layer chromatography (TLC), ion chromatography (IC), capillary electrophoresis (CE), infrared spectrometry (IR), mass spectrometry (MS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, FSCS 400 and FSCS 405. Laboratory fee.

  • FSCS 409 DRUG ANALYSIS (4)

    Introduces the scheduling of controlled substances and presents their analysis by crystal tests, color tests and instrumental techniques. prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I, and ii, Organic Chemistry i and II, Physics I and II, and FSCS 400 and FSCS 407.

  • FSCS 410 FORENSIC SEROLOGY (4)

    This course is designed to expose students to both the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic serology. At the end of the course students will have gained practical experience and will have a comprehensive knowledge of techniques presently being used in the forensic examination of body fluids. Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, FSCS 400 and FSCS 405.

  • FSCS 412 FIREARMS/TOOL MARKS EXAMINATION (3)

    Firearms evidence is a major class of evidence developed in forensic related cases. The questions of identification, operability, and derived evidence are addressed and discussed. Related evidence such as tool mark evidence is also developed and explained. Prerequisite: none

  • FSCS 418 MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS IN POLICE SCIENCE (3)

    Introduces the ­various uses and applications of mathematics in law enforcement. Students learn to interpret and construct graphs and tables, calculate clearance rates, and ­conduct trend analysis. The basics of operational research are explored relative to the needs of law enforcement. Probabilities and statistical techniques, which provide the basis for DNA interpretation, are addressed.

  • FSCS 424 FOURTH AMENDMENT : INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION (3)

    Covers the doctrines and cases inherent in and arising from the Fourth Amend­ment: the law of arrest, search and seizure, standing, forfeiture, and derivative evidence. Organized as a topical analysis, the course identifies the ­elements of each constitutional area and references major federal and state cases to illustrate the application and source of the rules.

  • FSCS 426 INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES (3)

    Advanced techniques and strategies designed to further aid in investigating serious or complex crimes are presented. Particular attention is paid to the procedural aspects of police activity as they relate to the admissibility of evidence in state and federal prosecutions. Content includes improvements to basic investigative skills and a discussion of alternative tactics. Also covered are the necessary, suggested, and explicit requirements for a federal Title III investigation and a Maryland wiretap investigation.

  • FSCS 440 ADVANCED CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (3)

    The protection and analysis of a crime scene is a complex procedure. Information is obtained by utilizing ever increasing skills and technology. The skills involve the use of improved casting techniques, enhanced latent fingerprinting techniques and sophisticated new photographic techniques. This course introduces the student to these techniques. Lab Fee. Prerequisite: FSCS 307-Crime Scene Investigation

  • FSCS 454 DEATH INVESTIGATION (3)

    Presents the medical and legal investigation of death. The history and development of forensic pathology are considered. The course examines the manners of death, including, homicide, suicide, accidental, natural and undetermined. The course is organized in a lecture series format. Lecture topics include sharp and blunt force trauma, thermal injuries, drowning, drug and alcohol abuse, pediatric forensics, gunshot injuries, asphyxia and motor vehicle trauma.

  • FSCS 455 HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION (3)

    Analysis of homicide investigation from the viewpoint of the homicide detective exploring the legal issues and the practical use of interviews, interrogations, and medical and trace forensic evidence. prerequisite: None

  • FSCS 456 CHEMISTRY OF DEATH (3)

    Explores the fate of the human body at the time of death to the decomposition of the body into the lithosphere. Study considers biochemical and physical process involved in taphonomy. prerequisites: none

  • FSCS 460 FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY (3)

    Familiarizes students with, and provides basic understanding of, the camera (34mm, digital and video) with respect to crime scene analysis. Using photographic techniques, students will learn how to document a crime scene and pertinent physical evidence including tire impressions, shoe prints, latent prints and blood spatter. In addition, students wil explore available light, flash, flash fill and painting-by-light processes. Students will learn how to construct and maintain a photographic log and how to enter photographs into court as evidence. Students will create a portfolio of their work. Laboratory fee required.

  • FSCS 462 INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENT EXAMINATION (3)

    Focuses on the origins and styles of writing and materials used in writing and in the formation of documents. prerequisite: permission of the program director.

  • FSCS 464 HANDWRITING ANALYSIS (3)

    Introduction to the study of hand writing analysis as relevant to the forensic analysis of documents. prerequisite: permission of program director.

  • FSCS 466 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS IN DOCUMENT EXAMINATION (4)

    Practical experience in using instrumental techniques to examine documents by spectral imaging and impression analysis. Laboratory fee required. prerequites: FSCS 462, FSCS 464 and permission of the program director.

  • FSCS 480 FORENSIC DOCUMENTATION (3)

    Prepares students to document and ­manage cases properly from inception to successful conclusion. Students gain a basic understanding of investigative and forensic case documentation.

  • FSCS 482 MOOT COURT AND TRIAL ADVOCACY FOR FORENSICS (3)

    Students learn courtroom presentation techniques designed to elicit direct, persuasive, and comprehensive testimony as it relates to various evidentiary issues at criminal hearings and trials. Students prepare and present direct testimony and are cross-examined by attorneys in a simulated courtroom setting.

  • FSCS 484 ART AND FORENSICS (3)

    An introduction to various styles of art and their analysis using forensic techniques. Security, storage and exhibition are examined. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: none

  • FSCS 487 FIELD INTERNSHIP IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (3)

    Provides field experience to students through laboratory assignments with various criminal justice entities. This requirement is completed at the end of the program. Eligible for continuing studies grade.

  • FSCS 493 HONORS SEMINAR (3)

    An advanced interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on important books and issues and encourages independent thinking, clear presentation and an understanding of the concerns and methods of various disciplines. The course may be team taught; topic and instructor(s} may change from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisites; 3.5 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director

  • FSCS 494 HONORS PROJECT (3 - 6)

    Directed indiv\dua\ instructioo in an advanced prQjec\ of ina student's choice; ihe prQject must be academically related to this discipline. Each student works closely with afaculty director who guides hislher progress. The project must be of honors qualit1 and must be 'fina\\y approved by both the fatuity director and asecond facult1 member. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. Prerequisites: Honors standing. 3.5 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director and the faculty director

  • FSCS 496 FIELD INTERNSHIP IN POLICE SCIENCE (3)

    Broadens the educational experience of students through appropriate observational and work assignments with criminal investigation units. This requirement is completed at the end of the program. Eligible for continuing studies grade.

  • FSCS 497 TOPICS IN FORENSICS (3)

    Examines special topics and issues in the field of forensics such as homicide investigation, blood spatter analysis, and forensic medicine and public health. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

  • FSCS 498 LABORATORY TOPICS IN FORENSICS (4)

    This course will cover special laboratory topics and issues in the field of forensics such as DNA analysis, questioned document examination, and drug analysis. FSCS 498 may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. No prerequisite unless listed in the schedule of classes.

  • FSCS 499 DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 - 6)

    No course description available.

  • FSCS 600 LEGAL ISSUES IN FINANCIAL CRIMES (3)

    Examines the general regulations, general laws, and ethics and business policies associated with financial crimes. Areas of major focus include legal issues facing management and administration, traditional search and seizure as well as privacy issues, manager and supervisor responsibilities, criminal issues and definitions, chain of custody and ethical considerations. This problem-oriented course focuses on applying the holdings of cases and analyses of statutes to different criminal fact patterns. Prerequisite: None

  • FSCS 601 LEGAL ISSUES IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY CRIME (3)

    Examines the general regulations, general and computer-related law, and ethics and business policies associated with high technology crime. Areas of major focus include description of legal issues facing management and administration, traditional search and seizure as well as privacy issues, manager and supervisor responsibilities, criminal issues and definitions, chain of custody and ethical considerations. Problem-oriented course that focuses on applying the holdings of cases and analyses of statutes to different criminal fact patterns. Prerequisites: None

  • FSCS 602 MONEY LAUNDERING (3)

    An essential element of financial crimes is the ability to move assets in ways that resist detection. Explores frequently used techniques, reviews national and international laws and practices to prevent money laundering, and describes best practices to minimize the ability to use money laundering as part of financial crimes. Prerequisite: None.

  • FSCS 610 INDENTIFYING ORGANIZATIONAL LIABILITIES AND CRIME (3)

    Defines problems, logic and theory, research protocols, personal and organizational risks, criminal and civil liabilities, physical security issues, due diligence matters, environmental concerns and sexual harassment issues. Covers responsibilities of the organization and of the individual. Prerequisites: FSCS 601

  • FSCS 615 INFORMATION RETRIEVAL : PAPER AND ELECTRONIC (3)

    Explores gathering of information and data, evidence collection, storage and security of records, personnel records and related issues, privacy issues, security of customer information, duties and obligations of the information technology field. Also focuses on legal access to these records. Prerequisite: FSCS 601. Lab Fee

  • FSCS 620 FORENSIC INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUE I (3)

    Focuses on traditional investigative techniques (interviews and interrogations), simple data collection, physical evidence, fraud detection, data acquisition and computer techniques, reverse engineering, and industrial espionage. Also, examines administrative process, the role of human resources and accounting, organizational processes and structures, and chain of command / management. Intended as an introduction to FSCS 720. Prererequisite: FSCS 601. Lab fee.

  • FSCS 630 INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRAPHY (3)

    Provides the historical basis for ciphers and encryption techniques and examines the use of codes and decryption techniques in government and commercial applications. Reviews the responsibilities of a Security Analyst, including recognizing breaches of security, controlling further risk, and identifying methods for gathering forensic evidence. prerequisite: none. Lab Fee

  • FSCS 635 IMAGE ANALYSIS (3)

    Examines the effective manipulation of digital images from digital photographs and videotapes. Discusses identification of authenticity and detection of manipulation in addition to detection of fraud and other criminal activity in these digital media. Prerequisite: FSCS 630 Lab Fee.

  • FSCS 640 STEGANOGRAPHY (3)

    Steganography is a process by which information is hidden within other media. Presents tools (software) to detect such hidden information, including files, images, network traffic, disks, etc., that masquerade within any system. Also presents the processes of hiding or encrypting data to inhibit a forensic analysis and of the detection and counter-resolution of hidden information. Prerequisite: FSCS 630 and FSCS 635. Lab Fee.

  • FSCS 685 ISSUES IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS (3)

    Explores investigative theory and issues of forensic investigations. Examines the use of forensic science to various statutory offenses, solving crimes, and legal proceedings. Presents current issues in forensic investigations and analyzes its impact on the processing of criminal law and administration of justice. Chain of command in evidence preservation and the validity of forensic evidence in criminal proceedings are emphasized throughout the course. prerequisite: none

  • FSCS 720 FORENSIC INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES II (3)

    A continuation of FSCS 620 with special attention to computer systems and network systems. Lab Fee required. Prerequisite: FSCS 601 and FSCS 620

  • FSCS 724 PROTECTION OF DATA / INFORMATION (3)

    Examines prevention of data / information loss by theft, intrusion, and natural disaster and assessment of vulnerabilities and their remediation. Also presents protocols for security and for effective data storage and examines assessment of risk. Prerequisite: FSCS 615. Lab Fee.

  • FSCS 727 COMPUTER AND DIGITAL FORENSICS (3)

    Examines the use of specialized techniques for recovery, authentication, and analysis of electronic data; reconstruction of computer usage; examination of residual data; and authentication of remaining data. Also, examines the effective manipulation of digital images from digital photographs and videotapes. Discusses identifjcation of authenticity and detection of manipulation in addition to detection of fraud and other criminal activity in these digital media. Lab fee required. Prerequisite FSCS 615.

  • FSCS 728 INFORMATION SYSTEMS, THREATS, ATTACKS, AND DEFENSE STRATEGIES (3)

    Examines information systems and the threats from malicious activities that attempt to collect data from or disrupt, deny or destroy information within a system. Explores origins of such attacks and effective responses to threat. Also, examines the process of Steganography by which information is hidden within other media. Presents tools (software) to detect such hidden information, including files, images, network traffic, disks, etc., that masquerade within any system. Also presents the processes of hiding or encrypting data to inhibit a forensic analysis and the detection and counter-resolution of hidden information. Lab fee required. prerequisite: FSCS 615 and FSCS 727,

  • FSCS 730 INCIDENT RESPONSE (3)

    Explores the development of effective responses to active attacks on computer systems and networks, coupled with analysis of the breakdown of protective measures. Prerequisite FSCS 724

  • FSCS 740 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (3)

    Provides field experience to students through laboratory assignments with various forensic or criminal justice entities. Course is completed at the end of the program and requires submission of a journal and a research paper. Eligible for continuing studies grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses in MSFS degree program and permission of program director.

  • FSCS 750 CAPSTONE COURSE (3)

    Capstone course requires students to integrate and apply knowledge, theories, principles, skills and practical applications learned in Master of Science in Forensic Science- High Technology Crime core courses to actual high technology case scenarios. prerequisite: successful completion of all core courses in M.S. in Forensic Science program and permission of program director.

  • FSCS 753 COMPUTER AND DIGITAL SECURITY MANAGEMENT (3)

    A study of the management of networks, types and sources of threats and vulnerabilities, risk management, firewalls and other security issues. Prerequisite: FSCS 615, 727, and 728. Lab Fee.