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VME 6054 – Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensic Evidence

  • VME 6054 CREDITS: 3

    Students completing this course will gain a better understanding of the fundamental concepts of evidence, burden and standard of proof, judge and jury, types of evidence, witnesses, degrees of certainty, and other relevant aspects of the principles of evidence in a legal investigation.


    Module Topic
    Module 1 Course Introduction
    Module 2 Fundamental concepts: relevance, admissibility, discretionary exclusion, weight
    Module 3 Circumstantial evidence and the fact-finding process: circumstantial evidence and proof of facts
    Module 4 Judge and Jury: law and fact
    Module 5 Burden and standard of proof: evidential and legal burden
    Module 6 What is evidence? Types of evidence: eyewitness, hearsay, expert, physical, direct, situational, future, circumstantial
    Module 7 Exam 1
    Module 8 Substitutes for evidence: presumptions, judicial notice
    Module 9 Witnesses: competence and compellability, refreshing memory, self-incrimination
    Module 10 The course of evidence: trial chronology, examination of a witness, prior consistent statements, hostile witness, cross-examination
    Module 11 The hearsay rule: common law exceptions, statutory exceptions (excluding confessions)
    Module 12 Unreliable evidence: confessions, identification, accomplice
    Module 13 Physical Evidence: Chain of custody, Frye, Daubert, Federal rules of evidence
    Module 14 Exclusionary Evidence and Degrees of Certainty with Physical Evidence
    Module 15 Exam 2

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