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030330 KU Theory and practice of crime scene investigations (2018W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German, English



Where? Institut's Seminarroom, Schenkenstr. 4, 2. OG
16.10., 30.10., 13.11., 11.12.2018
08.01., 15.01.2019, 14:00 to 18:00


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will present the basis of crime scene investigation and will be mostly held in German. Examples of different kind of crime scenes will be given in order for the students to become more familiar with the large number of possible situations. An introduction on the methods and techniques used to search, collect, process and interpret physical traces found on crime scenes will also be given. Focus could for example be put on DNA, fingermarks, shoemarks or microtraces.
The aim of this course is to introduce the basic principles of forensic science and its significance for the justice, in particular concerning crime scene investigation and evidence securing. At the end of the semester, the students should understand the potential, but also the limitation of forensic analyses. Furthermore, the students should develop their communication, argumentation and analytical skills by holding oral presentations and actively participating to group discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Compulsory attendance and active participation to discussions (50% of the mark)
Oral presentation with powerpoint support and discussion initiation (in German or English, "Fremdsprachenkompetenz Nachweis" only obtained if presentation done in English) (50% of the mark)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The students should have gained basic knowledge about forensic science. They should also have understood the basic principles of crime scene investigation, processing and interpretation of traces. Furthermore, they should be well aware about the gab existing between the faked reality presented in some well-known TV-shows and the daily routine of crime scene investigations.

Examination topics

An introduction about the basic principles of crime scene investigation and evidence securing will be done by the responsible lecturers. Then, the students will orally present aspects of the collection, processing and interpretation of chosen physical traces based on scientific literature (team work). These presentations will be the basis of group discussions, completed by inputs from the responsible lecturers.

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