Dec 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 115 - Fingerprint Science

Credits: 5
Provides an overview of basic fingerprint identification and its application in the criminal justice system. Students learn proper techniques for recording fingerprints, classifying based on the Henry Classification System, fundamentals of evidence collection and processing. Examines legal challenges and courtroom testimony.

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify basic concepts and knowledge of the science of fingerprints.
  2. Understand the Henry Classification Formula.
  3. Compare inked prints accurately.
  4. Recognize different techniques of print recognition, evidence preservation, AFIS, and current trends in the industry.
  5. Apply symbolic reasoning and logic to understanding print comparison and evidence gathering techniques.

Program Outcomes
  1. Give reasons for conclusions, assumptions, beliefs and hypotheses.
  2. Meet obligations necessary to complete individual and group tasks.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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