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Forensic Studies (M.S.)

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Academic Learning Compact – Forensic Studies M.S.

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 Knowledge and Skills (CKS)

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how a working knowledge of the intelligence enterprise contributes to the policy making process.
  2. Demonstrate how quantitative data analyses help to identify patterns of physical and/or behavioral manifestations of crime.
  3. Analyze the physical and/or behavioral lines of evidence and generate a report.

Each semester, we assess CKS at the program level through exams, forensic reports, research papers, oral/poster presentations, and/or group projects that are completed in one or more of the following required courses: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (CCJ 6707), Human Osteology (ANG 5525C), Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis (DSC 6596), and Practicum (CJE 6748 or CCJ 6941).

Communication Skills (CS)

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the security challenges facing the United States and how the intelligence and policy nexus form our framework for security.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of forensic investigation issues and medical terminology by applying the appropriate social and physical science literature to the problem and subsequently organizing and evaluating that information by means of quantitative analyses.

Each semester, we assess CS at the program level through exams, forensic reports, research papers, oral/poster presentations, and/or group projects that are completed in one or more of the following required courses: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (CCJ 6707), Human Osteology (ANG 5525C), Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis (DSC 6596), and Practicum (CJE 6748 or CCJ 6941).

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze the factors, events, and changing nature of the threats that influence United States intelligence and security policy.
  2. Analyze the factors, events, and ethical issues that influence forensic investigations.

Each semester, we assess CTS at the program level through exams, forensic reports, research papers, oral/poster presentations, and/or group projects that are completed in one or more of the following required courses: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (CCJ 6707), Human Osteology (ANG 5525C), Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis (DSC 6596), and Practicum (CJE 6748 or CCJ 6941).