Forensic Sci.

Crime Scene Analysis2

Análise da Cena de Crime

Curse code:8059226

Maria Catarina Marques Dias de Almeida

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

This CU assigns competences in the collection, interpretation, evaluation and presentation of evidence.

The learning objectives (as proposed by the C. Society of Forensic Sciences, UK) are:

  • Explain and demonstrate competence in the of methods used for location and recovery of the commonly encountered trace materials.
  • Explain the relevance of contamination avoidance procedures and give examples in relation to location, extraction and analysis of contact trace material.
  • Demonstrate understanding of safe working practices (e.g. personal safety, team members safety).
  • Demonstrate understanding of the investigative process and requirements of evidence continuity.
  • Demonstrate how the scope of an investigation, the roles of others and how the methods they employ may affect the forensic strategy.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by working as part of a CSI team.
  • Demonstrate knowledge on chemicals and effects of IED, as ways of identifying the explosive used.
  • Record observations and experimental methodology in the form of structured notes/sketches/photographs in a logical, comprehensive and contemporaneous manner.
  1. Introduction to digital photography.
  2. Visual record (sketches and photos).
  3. Crime Scene - definitions and rules to follow in the performance of the forensic team.
  4. Rules and responsibilities of the forensic expert.
  5. Preparation of the report of the crime scene.
  6. Evidence chain of custody.
  7. Interpretation of the crime scene.
  8. Raising awareness about the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
  9. Explosives.
  10. Explosive atmospheres.
  11. Radiography.
  12. Collection of evidence in contaminated environments.
  13. Case study.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Sutton R & Trueman K (eds.) (2017) Crime Scene Management: Scene Specific Methods, 2nd ed., Wiley UK. ISBN: 978-0-470-01678-7.
  • Jackson ARW & Jackson JM (2007) Forensic Science, 2nd ed., Pearson, Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-199880-3.
  • Saferstein R (2006) Criminalistics: College Edition: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 9th ed., Pearson. ISBN: 0132216558.
  • Gardner RM (2005) Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, CRC Press USA. ISBN: 0-8493-2043-7.
  • Staggs S (2005) Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide, 2nd ed., Staggs Publishing, USA. ISBN: 1-933373-01-6.
  • Beveridge A (1998) Forensic Investigation of Explosions, CRC Press, USA. ISBN: 0748405658.



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