Crime Scene Analysis
Análise da Cena de Crime
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.
- Introduction to digital photography.
- Visual record (sketches and photos).
- Crime Scene - definitions and rules to follow in the performance of the forensic team.
- Rules and responsibilities of the forensic expert.
- Preparation of the report of the crime scene.
- Evidence chain of custody.
- Interpretation of the crime scene.
- Raising awareness about the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
- Explosive atmospheres.
- Collection of evidence in contaminated environments.
- Case study.
- 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.