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WIS 6561 Wildlife Crime Scene Processing

  • WIS 6561 CREDITS: 3

    This course will serve as an introduction to wildlife crime scene investigations. The purpose of the course is to give the student an overview of procedures and protocols that can be used when processing a wildlife crime scene and will discuss in detail various types of evidence.

    At the successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of forensic science and its disciplines and will know how to properly document and process a crime scene where wildlife may be the victim or possibly the perpetrator. Students will gain an understanding of evidence recognition and handling as well as record keeping in order to prevent undocumented scene details or lost or damaged evidence. The student will have learned the various methods to properly conduct a search of the scene and record information, as well as tricks and techniques for equipment improvisation when in the field. The student will also be familiar with the various presumptive test methods that can be utilized at the scene to identify items of evidence, and will have gained a background in basic species morphology.


    Module Topic
    Module 1 Course Introduction
    Module 2 History of Forensic Science
    Module 3 Conservation Biology, Biodiversity & Wildlife Management
    Module 4 Scene Processing
    Module 5 Evidence
    Module 6 Forensic Photography/Impression Evidence
    Module 7 Fish & Reptile Forensic Analysis
    Module 8 Avian & Mammal Forensic Analysis
    Module 9 Forensic Entomology & Forensic Botany
    Module 10 Genetics & Toxicology
    Module 11 Serology & Ballistics
    Module 12 Morphology & Anthropology
    Module 13 Animal Exams/Field Forensics
    Module 14 Computer & Mobile Device Forensics/Report Writing & Court Concerns

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