CCOG for CJA 231 Spring 2024

Course Number:
CJA 231
Course Title:
Crime Scene Photography
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Course Description

Introduces crime scene photography skills to aid in crime scene and evidentiary documentation. Includes camera operation, exposure control, proficiency in relational photos, close-up photography, lighting, flash control and videography. Prerequisites: WR 121. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Covers basic settings and operations of a typical digital SLR camera and video camera. Then proceeds to advanced camera techniques and procedures to detect and photographically document a crime scene.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Photograph crime scenes with an understanding of digital and video imaging technology and evidentiary issues.
  • Document crime scenes using cameras in a manner that will withstand courtroom scrutiny.
  • Properly document and store photographic evidence.

Course Activities and Design

· Class lecture and demonstration
· Films and videos
· Proper Lighting
· Mock crime scene photography
· Computer assisted photography documentation

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome assessment may include the following: examinations, quizzes, class participation, assignments and projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

· Operation of digital and video cameras
· Proper lighting
· General crime scene and evidence photography
· Bloodstain photography
· Fingerprint photography
· Photographing night scenes
· Court testimony regarding photographic evidence