FSINV 605 Investigative Techniques/Physical Evidence

3 credits

Examines how to gather physical and documentary evidence, such as accounting documents and digital records, from persons of interest and to prepare reports of investigation and oral presentations. Students learn the importance of planning thoroughly before gathering evidence, by conducting preliminary research into the record system to be examined. Legal issues regarding gathering, maintaining and disclosing information, as well as the law controlling privacy and search and seizure are presented. Students learn how to properly record evidence and maintain a chain of custody. Students prepare reports using analytical techniques that allow them to reach coherent, defensible conclusions. This course must be completed prior to taking Mock Trial.

Prerequisite(s): FSCOR 601, FSCOR 604, FSCOR 606