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CCL - Crime Scene Investigation

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Crime Scene Investigation is designed to develop knowledge and skills required to investigate and reconstruct crime scenes using scientific evidence and logical analysis. The program provides instruction in criminal investigation procedures, collection and preservation of physical and biological evidence, death investigation techniques, crime scene reconstruction methodology and presentation of testimony in court.
Major Code: 5490
Award: CCL
First Term: 4114
Total Credits: 16-18
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Mar 6th, 2010
Prerequesites: None
Required Courses: 16-18 credits
AJS215 Criminalistics: Physical Evidence (3) OR
AJS219 Crime Scene Technology: Physical Evidence (3) OR
FOR105 Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) 3-4
AJS216 Criminalistics: Biological Evidence (3) OR
FOR106 Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4) 3-4
AJS/FOR223 Forensic Pathology: Death Investigation 3
AJS243 Crime Scene Reconstruction 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
Restricted Electives: None
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: None
General Education Core: None
First Year Composition: None
Oral Communication: None
Critical Reading: None
Mathematics: None
General Education Distributed Credits: None
Humanities and Fine Arts: None
Social and Behavioral Sciences: None
Natural Sciences: None
Program Competencies:
  1. Identify and explain the problems related to the preservation of evidence and the chain of evidence. (AJS215, AJS216, AJS219, FOR105, FOR106).
  2. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of physical evidence. (AJS215, AJS219, FOR105)
  3. Identify and use appropriate scientific methods to investigate, recognize, collect and preserve various types of biological evidence. (AJS216, FOR106)
  4. Identify and describe major causes and manners of various types of natural and unnatural deaths. (AJS/FOR223)
  5. Explain the uses of forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, forensic serology, forensic DNA analysis and forensic toxicology in death investigation and crime scene reconstruction. (AJS/FOR223, AJS243)
  6. 6 Describe the components and procedures used in the forensic autopsy and its value in crime scene reconstruction. (AJS/FOR223, AJS243)
  7. Describe, explain and apply the process of event analysis. (AJS243)
  8. Identify and describe the theory and practice of criminal investigation, including crime scene procedures, interviewing, case preparation and basic investigation techniques. (AJS275)
  9. Describe proper courtroom demeanor and behavior and explain the role and function of the witness and legal counsel in a courtroom. (AJS290BN)