Project #41220 - Project - Assignment submission


Addresses Course Outcomes

  • recognize and apply the scientific method to forensic evidence to make decisions and solve problems
  • synthesize and apply forensic science knowledge and methods to evaluate evidence and perform casework
  • effectively communicate forensic information in an ethical manner to legal and other stakeholders for application in legal processes, publications, and policy decisions


The Research Project has three parts:

  1. Your shortened research project (4-8 PPT slides) submitted to the Week 8 conference
  2. Your final research project to your Assignment folder
  3. Comments to the Research Projects of at least 2 classmates


The Final Research Project can be presented in a variety of formats. You will be free to choose whether you will create a:

  • Powerpoint with fully detailed narration (detailed text in the Notes section that includes citations). The Powerpoint presentation could be based on a case study or crime scene investigation, or be based on any of the topics provided below.
  • Case Study
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Conventional 5-7 page paper
  • Training document for investigators
  • Communication report to stakeholders
  • Investigative Report for a fictional newspaper
  • Educational materials for high school (includes lecture notes and hands-on activities)
  • Public service announcement to inform the public about one of the topics below.

The shortened Research Project to be submitted to the conference will include:

  • 4-8 slides created in Powerpoint


You will be expected to demonstrate an in-depth and clear understanding of the topic you select. In addition your project will be evaluated for clarity, proper sentence and paragraph structure, and proper resource citation (APA format). There should be a minimum of 10 references and at least three of them **must** be original, primary research articles. The original research references (publications) may come from the journals, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International, or other peer-reviewed sources.

Your shortened project should include Information regarding the type of project created with nformative slides, providing a brief synopsis of your project, important information you learned and the importance of this field / study / report on Forensic Science as a discipline

Comments should adhere to the expectations about conference discussions described in the syllabus.

Topic List

See the list below for possible topics. **Novel topics must be first approved by your instructor by the third week of the course**

  • Forensic Biology Databases -Research one of the following: CODIS, STRbase, mtDNA databases, Y-STR Databases, Fingerprint Databases, Hair Databases, Biometric Databases, Facial Recognition/Databases, Iris Recognition/ Databases, Voice Recognition/Databases, Forensic Information or Interactive Databases
  • National Academy of Sciences Report: Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward - Research this report and its recommendations for the forensic field, then include your opinion of whether or not an independent government agency should be formed, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences.
  • Forensic Serology Testing – Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Botany-Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Entomology- Research current and novel applications, including information on post mortem intervals and detection of human DNA from certain insects
  • Fish and Wildlife applications of Forensics - Research current and novel applications
  • Domestic Animal Identification- Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Hair Analysis - Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic DNA Analysis – Research one of the following: Short Tandem Repeat (STR) New Developments, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) used in Forensics, mitochondrial DNA analysis (mtDNA) new developments, X chromosomal STR’studies and Y chromosomal STR studies.
  • Microbial Forensics - Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Toxicology - Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Pathology - Research current and novel applications
  • Forensic Biology Validation Studies: Research novel validation studies done
the second one

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/05/2014 12:00 am
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