If you are unable to run the simulation, please contact your instructor. You will be able to move through the crime scene, examine items in closer detail, and determine what is evidence. You should take notes just as you would at a physical scene, as you will need to identify each piece of evidence and how it will be handled when you write the Crime Scene Evidence Analysis Report Final Paper. Use relevant examples from the virtual crime scene and a minimum of 10 scholarly and/or credible resources, which may include resources previously used to support your work in Weeks 2 through 4. The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.
In your Crime Scene Evidence Analysis Report Final Paper,
Summarize thoroughly the situation as it was known prior to arriving at the virtual scene in your introduction. Note that your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
Explain how the virtual crime scene will be protected.
Describe how the virtual crime scene should be approached and why such steps are necessary.
Identify what steps are necessary to protect the virtual crime scene from contamination or loss of evidence and why this is an important element of crime scene management.
Determine evidence collection procedures appropriate to the virtual crime scene.
Describe how each item of evidence will be documented.
Identify which collection technique should be used for each piece of evidence.
Differentiate among techniques and explain why different techniques are appropriate to these types of evidence.
Illustrate chain of custody. As part of this element
Describe what chain of custody means.
Explain why it is important to protect the integrity of the evidence collected at the virtual crime scene.
Assess the potential impact on testing and admissibility if chain of custody is not clearly established.
Categorize evidence testing related to the virtual crime scene. As part of this element
Distinguish what types of field testing should be used at the virtual crime scene.
Distinguish what types of laboratory testing should be used on evidence collected at the virtual crime scene.
Compare the possible evidentiary findings and in-court admissibility of the field and laboratory tests.
Analyze current standards for the admissibility of the scientific evidence from your virtual crime scene at trial. As part of this element
Explain the common standards used by the courts to evaluate the admissibility of scientific evidence.
Determine any possible challenges to the admissibility of the collected evidence and what can be done proactively to ensure admissibility.
Assess how following valid methodology and properly using forensic science at trial contributes to sustaining a more just society.
The Crime Scene Evidence Analysis Report Final Paper
Must be at least 2,500 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.) resource.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Name of the school
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
Must use at least 10 scholarly, peer-reviewed, or professionally credible sources in addition to the course text. These may include the resources that supported your work in Weeks 2 through 4.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
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