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Forensic Investigation - FSCT


While no outlines currently exist for this course, below are the course learning outcomes/competencies.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe laws related to death in Canada including agencies involved in death investigation and applicable Acts and regulations.
  • Research and develop findings related to cultural/religious concerns that may impact the death investigation process.
  • Evaluate the types and classifications of death in sudden death investigations.
  • Differentiate between natural and unnatural deaths.
  • Distinguish personnel and resources for death investigations.
  • Evaluate deaths scenes from the perspective of a medicolegal death investigator.
  • Synthesize indications of violence and hazards at death scenes.
  • Locate and analyze previous medical history related to the deceased.
  • Assess and visually inspect the deceased to identify post mortem changes with given cases.
  • Identify characteristics of fatal injuries and recognize indicators of violence.
  • Categorize types of wounds and asphyxial deaths and compare those findings to the mechanism.
  • Differentiate between inflicted injuries and postmortem artifacts.
  • Evaluate the need for forensic identification of the deceased.
  • Demonstrate the principles of proper evidence handling.
  • Analyze where evidence may be located at the scene and on the body to assist in the investigation.
  • Describe requirements in multiple fatalities and any special requirements for body recovery in mass disasters and discuss special considerations for dealing with traumatic scenes.
  • Plan basic operations at a temporary morgue for identification and evidence recovery.

Effective as of Fall 2018

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