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This course is designed for persons interested in death scene investigations. Participants will learn about the identification and appearance of corpses in violent and natural death. Relationship to the scene of death is emphasised, as are features of wounds on external examination. Some of the material on external examination will apply to the living. (e.g., assault victims). This course outlines the interdisciplinary approach to death investigation by highlighting the roles of the coroner (medical examiner), pathologist and forensic scientists.
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Explain laws relating to death in Canada:
Locate statute law
Identify officials & agencies involved
Explain principles of coroner/medical examiner systems
Apply definitions and classification of types of death to sudden death investigation:
Differentiate between natural and unnatural death
Identify elements of sudden death investigations
Locate personnel and resources for death investigations
Evaluate death scenes:
Assess scenes according to principles
Recognize indications of violence and hazards at death scenes
Locate personnel and resources required to investigate suspicious scenes
Locate past medical information about the deceased
Carry out visual inspection of a dead body:
Identify common changes occurring after death
Recognize indications of violence on the corpse
Categorize types of wounds and asphyxial death
Assess the need for and plan for proper identification of the deceased
Assess the evidence collection requirements:
Explain and apply principles of proper evidence handling
Identify where evidence may be located at the scene, and on the corpse
Describe special requirements in multiple fatalities:
Plan basic operations for identification of the dead and evidence recovery at a temporary mortuar
Explain the special requirements during body recovery in mass disasters
Effective as of Fall 2007
FSCT 8102 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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