Discussion 01-14

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Unformatted text preview: ETX 20 Discussion 01/14 Brittany Huntington bcrowland@ucdavis.edu Office Hours: Held through SmartSite chat room Or by appointment Outline Term Paper Topics Deadlines/Expectations Homework Assignments Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) Lecture Review (if we have time...) Term Paper Topics Choose one of the following four: 1. DNA's role in the forensic community is incredibly prominent. What are the challenges against DNA that are often brought up in court? Is DNA enough to solve a case, all on its own? 2. While the use of human DNA in court cases is common, non-human DNA found at a crime scene can be also be of importance to investigators. What are some types of nonhuman DNA that are forensically significant and how are they useful? 3. Chemical tests for drugs are one of the oldest and most sound methods in forensic science. What are the most common methods of detection, and in what common scenarios do drug chemists encounter difficulty in identifying a given material? 4. People often think impressions (like shoe prints or tire treads) cannot be linked to a particular person because shoe and tire types are common. Why is this untrue? In other words, what do forensic scientists look for to make the evidence significant? What can it tell them about a crime scene? How important is this type of evidence in a court of law? *Remember that ALL arguments must be supported with more than just your opinion Term Paper These essays will require you to go beyond the material presented in class or in the text. You will need to consider both sides of an issue objectively to arrive at a conclusion. In discussing the evidence, you may indicate its strengths and weaknesses, alternative methods and factors that affect the persuasiveness of the results. Avoid jargon and cite literature references for information that is not common knowledge. In your explanations, assume the reader is intelligent but nave (e.g., a typical juror in a trial). Grading criteria: 70% Content, 15% Organization, 15% Mechanics Getting started: Note introductory material for each topic Plagiarism is Unacceptable: Use your own wording; short excerpts ok with attribution This includes the outline Reputation for integrity of utmost importance Wikipedia is not a reference! But can...
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