Syllabus Outline
ENTO 432: Applied Forensic Entomology
Spring 2008
 
(Mondays, 1:50-440 PM, Rm 210 HPCT; Credit 1)
 
Lab #
Date
Topic and Explanation
1
1/14/08
Introduction to ENTO 432
Class rules and conduct, syllabus, projects, grading, etc.
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1/21/08
Martin Luther King Day (No Class)
2
1/28/08
Insights into the Phylum Arthropoda--Its Classes and Orders of Forensic Importance
Exercise using the dichotomous keys and other descriptive material to identify specimens of insects and their relatives to Class and Order level
3
2/4/08
Insights into the Phylum Arthropoda--Its Classes and Orders of Forensic Importance--continued for 1 1/2 hours
 
First Lab Practical Exam (Last hour of the session)
Using dichotomous taxonomic keys and other information presented or handed out in previous lectures an/or lab sessions, students will be required to identify specimens of various arthropods to Class or Order (as per instructions) for a grade (100 points total)
4
2/11/08
Diptera, Calliphoridae
An in-depth study of the basic morphology of a blow fly larva and adult, and an experience using dichotomous taxonomic keys to identify fly larvae and adults to species
5
2/18/08
Diptera, Adults
An exercise in identifying a diversity of forensically important flies collected in the adult stage of their development to species
6
2/25/08
Diptera, Larvae
An exercise in identifying a diversity of foreniscally important flies collected in the third larval instar stage of their development to species
7
3/3/08
Second Lab Practical Exam (full lab session)
Using dichotomous taxonomic keys and other information presented or handed out in previous lectures and lab sessions, students will be required to identify a unlabeled specimens of fly adults and larvae to species for a grade (100 points total)
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3/10/08
Spring Break--no lab (Aw! You know you’ll miss it!)
8
3/17/08
Beetle Basics
An exercise in identifying a diversity of forensically important beetles collected in the larval and/or adult stage to family using dichotomous taxonomic keys and other discriptive information
9
3/24/08
Beetles Continued (first 1 1/2 hours)
 
Third Practical Exam (last hour)
Using dichotomous taxonomic keys and other information presented or handed out in previous lectures and lab sessions, students will be required to identify unlabeled specimens of beetle larvae and adults to family for a grade (100 points total)
10
3/30/08
Securing Forensic Entomology Samples
A field exercise where various sampling equipment, techniques and procedures used or followed by Forensic Entomologists will be demonstrated and then used by students to collect and preserve arthropod samples from carrion specimens.
 
PMI Estimation
Using information given in lecture and lab, students will evaluate professionally collected entomological evidence and estimate PMI, location of death, etc. for a grade (50 points total)
11
4/7/08
Handling and Assessment of Forenic Entomology Samples in the Laboratory
Various materials, methods, and procedures used or followed by Forensic entomologists to rear, curate, and otherwise handle field-collected arthropod samples which may come to serve as evidence in court proceedings will be demonstrated.
 
Crime Scene Evaluation
Students will be placed in groups to investigate a mock crime scene. Each group will be responsible for collecting, managing, and preparing evidence and reports according to accepted standards. Final group reports will be presented during ENTO 431, and groups will be evaluated by peers.
12
4/14/08
Crime Scene Evaluation Cont.
Students will be given the entire lab period to evaluate and prepare evidence for deposition
13
4/21/08
Crime Scene Evaluation Cont.
Students will be given the entire lab period to evaluate and prepare evidence for deposition. Depositions begin during lecture on Friday, April 25th.
14
4/28/08
What’s Wrong With These Pictures?!?
Several video clips wil be shown of forensically-oriented t.v. programs. As each clip is shown, the students will be asked to crique it as to the technical soundess of the forensic methodology depicted as being used in the investigation of the death scene and/or the technical and scientific accuracy of the information given during the course of the tape by its narrator(s) or actors.
 
Each student will be asked to write his/her critiques down, noting various inaccuracies that he/she has detected and what the correct technique or information for each inaccuracy should be. At the completion of the showing of each tape, the students will form into the same teams that they were in to investigate the mock crime scene and discuss their respective critiques between themselves. Each team will give a verbal report to the rest of the students as to their findings, with the presentations to be evaluated for a grade by the Instructor. (50 points total)