Dec 01, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

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CHEM 5870 - Forensic Chemistry II: Procedures, Drugs and Trace Analysis


Surveys chemical problems most frequently encountered in crime labs and their currently acceptable solutions, as well as special techniques not covered in other analytical chemistry courses.

Requisites:
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be familiar with the implementation and outcomes of presumptive color tests for drugs of abuse
  • Be familiar with the macroscopic and microscopic botanical features of marijuana
  • Be familiar with the use of different microscopy techniques for the analysis and comparison of trace evidence
  • Be skilled in expert witness testimony and court room testifying, and be familiar with the ethical boundaries of the scientist/expert witness
  • Know the common/key methods of forensic chemical analyses
  • Know the sequence of analyses and outcomes of presumptive, screening and confirmatory tests for drugs of abuse
  • Understand lab certification and validation protocols
  • Understand the procudres and policies regarding the collection, transfer, handling, analysis and disposal of evidence
  • Understand the role of expert witness testimony in the criminal and civil justice systems
  • Understand the theory and operation of the various chemical instruments used in a typical crime laboratory



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