This course focuses on the collection and analysis of physical trace evidence, such as document analysis, fingerprints, and casts/impressions. Case studies and crime scenarios help students understand the implications and complicated issues that are emerging as the science of forensics continues to develop. The course incorporates basic forensics skills along with other science knowledge to review and solve case studies based upon evidence gathered. The evidence is then evaluated for strengths and weaknesses based upon the levels of experimental accuracy and precision. Class presentations, laboratory work, and case studies provide the basis of the course pedagogy. A final examination and final case function serve as final assessments for the course. (Semester, .50 credit)