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Forensic Studies (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the various stakeholders and lines of evidence that are part of the medico-legal systems and processes used to identify and understand forensic investigations.
  2. Apply ethical practices and behaviors in all aspects of the social and physical sciences that relate to forensic casework and research.

Each semester, we assess CKS at the program level through exams and/or group projects that are completed in the one or more of the following required courses: Senior Seminar (CCJ 4934), Forensic Anthropology (ANT 3520), Crime Scene Investigation (CCJ 3670) and Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (CCJ 4054).

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate using appropriate scientific terminology as individuals and as team members by listening, speaking, and writing.
  2. Approach and solve forensic investigation issues through applying appropriate social and physical science literature to the problem and subsequently organizing and evaluating that information.

Each semester, we assess CS at the program level through the exams, group projects and/or research papers that are completed in one or more of the following required courses: Forensic Anthropology (ANT 3520), Methods in Criminal Justice Research (CCJ 3700), and Criminal Justice Data Analysis (CCJ 3701).

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify and assess evidence of a crime by gathering and analyzing data and synthesizing the findings.
  2. Identify scientific, qualitative, and quantitative assumptions underlying relationships related to the physical and behavioral manifestations of crime.

Each semester, we assess CTS at the departmental level through exams, research papers, and/or oral presentations that are completed in one or more of the following required courses: Forensic Anthropology (ANT 3520), Criminal Justice Data Analysis (CCJ 3701), and Methods in Criminal Justice Research (CCJ 3700).