DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000460

Criminalistics – Forensic Sciences

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Snieguolė Matulienė (m.sniega@gmail.com)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Renata Valūnė, Prof. Dr. Snieguolė Matulienė, Prof. Dr. Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka

Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

face-to-face/ self employment

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Criminal Law (General Part) Criminal Procedure Law Administrative Law Administrative Procedure Law

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Ability to work individually and in team, apply problem solving models, and theoretical knowledge in practice, be creative, think critically and reflexively, qualify legal situation and suggest its regulation methods and means, apply methods and methodological recommendations of criminalistics properly.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Criminalistic’s concept and system

1

2

3

7

Reading of Scientific Literature

Criminalistic identification and other
forensic methods using in
criminalistics

1

2

3

7

Reading of Scientific Literature

Forensic Photography

1

2

3

7

Photography of Crime Scene Photography of Person

Trasology

1

2

3

7

Searching of invisible fingerprints on different objects and its fixation, examination footprints, making its models, examination of tool prints (making its models).

ballistics and cold steel examination

1

2

3

7

Examination (observing and description) of bullets and cartridge cases

Handwriting and document
examination

1

2

3

7

Observing and description of documents, banknotes, forged documents, forged banknotes

Habitoscopy (Person description)

1

2

3

7

Description of partner, Description of portrait

Other branches of criminalistics

1

2

3

7

To describe the possibilities of research of phonoscopy and odorology

Theoretical backgrounds and system
of criminalistics tactics

1

2

3

7

Reading of Scientific Literature

Tactics of observation

1

2

3

7

To make an examination project of a scene (the protocol, photo table and scene examination scheme)

Backgrounds of tactics of different
investigation activities

1

2

3

7

To make a typical structure of a separate pri-trial investigation. According to identified trace in incident location to designate expertise and to write down questions given to experts.

Theoretical backgrounds and system
of criminalistics methodise

1

2

3

7

Reading of Scientific Literature

Investigation of violent crimes

1

2

3

7

Investigation of a specific criminal situation.

Investigation of property crimes

1

2

3

7

Investigation of a specific criminal situation.

Investigation of economic crimes

1

2

3

7

Investigation of a specific criminal situation.

Investigation of traffic accidents

1

2

3

7

Investigation of a specific criminal situation.

Assessment

2

2

Preparation for exam. Exam

Overall

16

32

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Colloquium

15

During studying time.

Each test consists of 10 to 20 questions. Test answers are clear. Test can have open questions and case studies. Each test is evaluated from 0 to 10 points. Tests can be replaced with colloquium, which consists of open questions. There may be from 5 to 10 open questions. They are also evaluated from 0 to 10 points. The average score (grade) out of all the tests and colloquiums is multiplied by 0.1.

Training

35

During studying time. Exercise book is evaluated at a final workshop/ seminar.

Every student must submit a completed Criminalistics Practicum. Student receives a task to accomplish some self-study after almost every lecture and workshops. Practicum is evaluated from 0 to 10 points. In the absence of practicum the evaluation is 0 points. If evaluation is positive (not less than 5) the score is multiplied by 0.2. Criteria to be considered when working: • at least 80 percent done out of all practical tasks; • Practical tasks reveals student's ability to think, to assess the situation, take appropriate measures to remedy this situation and make appropriate findings; • student`s ability to work with the sources, as well as unique and reasonable interpretation of the sources.

Examination

50

during the examination session

Examination shall be in writing. Student receives 10 questions out of all criminalistics subjects. The questions are open. Each question is evaluated with 1 point. One point is granted when the answer shows student’s excellent knowledge and skills. The answer to the question can be evaluated with percent of points, for example, if the answer shows student’s good knowledge and skills, and there are minor mistakes, it is evaluated from 0.8 to 0.9 points. If the answer reveals the average knowledge and skills of student and there are mistakes it is evaluated from 0.6 to 0.7 points. If the answer shows that student’s knowledge and skills are below average and there are essential mistakes it is evaluated with 0.5 points. Knowledge and skills, which do not meet the minimum requirements in order to absorb the subject are evaluated with 0.4 and lower points. At the end the overall score is summed up and the result is multiplied by 0.7. To pass the exam student must receive a positive evaluation (his knowledge cannot be evaluated with less than 5 grade (low).