Class Syllabus

This class outline is a representative sample of the classes taught in the Introduction to APD CSI program. Occasional changes and/or substitutions are made.

Classes are generally held on Tuesday evenings between 6:30 and 9:30 PM at the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center.

Week 1

  • Introduction/Welcome
  • Introduction and greeting to APD CSI by City dignitaries and APD CSI staff.  Overview of course rules, regulations and requirements.
  • Powerpoint presentation on the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center (MFSC) to include each discipline within the organization.
  • Tour of the MFSC

Week 2

  • Photography
  • Crime scene photography (each attendee must bring a 35mm or digital camera to this session)
  • Lecture on photography, photography techniques, camera functions, lighting conditions
  • Practical application
    • Scene Photography
    • Vehicle Photography
    • Shoe/Tire Impressions
    • Painting with Light
    • Luminol Photography

Week 3

  • Fingerprinting
  • Lecture on usage and history of fingerprints
  • Introduction to AFIS
  • Fingerprint techniques and procedures
  • Practical application
    • Powder Processing
    • Chemical Processing
    • Fuming Processing
    • Ink Print/Eliminations
    • Blue Glue Processing

Week 4

  • DNA/Blood Spatter
  • Lecture on DNA, CODIS, and identification capabilities.  Lecture on blood spatter and investigative techniques.
  • Practical application
    • Spatter - Rat Trap
    • Spatter - Cast Off
    • Presumptive for Blood
    • Alternate Light Source
    • Surface Angles

Week 5

  • Firearms
  • Lecture on firearms to include mechanisms, balistic analysis, NIBIN, tool mark identification.
  • Practical application
    • Distance Determination
    • Trajectory Analysis
    • Wound Balistics
    • General Rifling Examination
    • Tool Mark Casting

Week 6

  • Chemistry/Alcohol/Computer Forensics
  • Lecture on Drug Recognition and Schedule
  • Meth Lab Processing and Decontamination
  • Computer Forensic Analysis
  • Practical application
    • Drug Presumptives
    • Alcohol Testing
    • Lab Decontamination
    • Computer Search and Retrieval Capabilities
    • Drug Recognition

Week 7

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Lecture on crime scene procedures, processing techniques, and death investigation
  • Case Study and Scene Reconstruction

Week 8

  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Lecture on Crime Scene Diagramming, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Fire Scenes
  • Evidence Handling
  • Practical application
  • Scene Diagramming (homework)
    • Fire Scene Examination
    • MVA Reconstruction
    • Evidence Collection
    • Evidence Packaging

Week 9

  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Process Crime Scene as a team based on learned information
  • Practical application
  • Scenes to be announced

Week 10

  • Presentation for crime scene processing for each team.
  • Graduation and Certificate presentation
  • Closing Ceremony and Refreshments

Please submit comments or questions to John Krebsbach, Crime Lab Director, at [email protected].