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- SCOTT MARK | Teaching Experience
Acerca de Teaching Expereince Continue Continue CDI College - Courses Taught: ITC 4 - Introduction to Computers Summary: This 40-hour course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Taught in: September 2021, March 2022 SCL4: Sociology Summary: This 40-hour course provides knowledge of the workings and interaction of people in society and how it will aid the student in understanding how their social environment influences people. There is also a focus on highlighting relevant social problems, exploring: an Introduction to Sociology, Culture, Socialization, The Social Base, Social Institutions, Crime and Deviance, and Ethnic Relations. Taught in : September 2021 PSC4: Psychology Summary: This 40-hour course introduces psychology, including learning, motivation, behaviour, development, factors affecting interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics. Taught in : October 2021 HBV4: Human Behaviour Summary: This 40-hour course covers the foundations of human behaviour from a sociological perspective and the impact of deviant behaviour in law and regulatory enforcement. Taught in : October 2021 CBV4: Contemporary Social Problems Summary: This 40-hour course helps students understand what is happening in Canada today, what the trends indicate, why these things are happening, and how social policy affects areas such as poverty, child abuse, violence against women, and more. Taught in : October to November 2021 CGN4: Canadian Government & Politics Summary: This 40-hour course covers both the organization and management of the public sector and the structure, function, and powers of the federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Taught in : November 2021, March 2022, May 2022 LGS4: Law and the Legal System Summary: This 40-hour course covers the foundations of Canada's legal system, including the history of law, freedoms of Canadians, tort law, and federal and provincial statutes. It provides an overview of family, contract, immigration, environmental and native laws, and more. Taught in : November to December 2021 PSK4: Professional Skills Summary: This 40-hour course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using various instructional methods, including case studies, group exercises and discussion, students learn and practice critical communication skills. Taught in : December 2021 CFS4: Criminal Code & Federal Statutes Summary: This 40-hour course provides an in-depth study of Canada's criminal code and related federal statutes, including interpretation through the perspective of a law enforcement officer. Taught in : December 2021, April 2022 CO14: Communications 1 Summary: This 40-hour course is designed to develop students' English and communication skills to communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly with individuals, groups, and multi-disciplinary teams. Taught in : January 2022 CO24: Communications 2 Summary: This 40-hour advanced communication course is designed to enhance the foundational skills developed in the introduction to communications. These skills will focus on interpreting written communication, factual documentation of events for reports that form part of permanent public records, advanced editing skills, and advanced verbal reports. Taught in : January 2022, April 2022 LEF4: Introduction to Law Enforcement Summary: This 40-hour course is an introduction to the history of policing in Canada. Studies will also include police jurisdictions in Canada, police administration, how police agencies use their resources, and more Taught in : February 2022 x 2 PSS4: Police Authority/Search/Seizure/Arrest Summary: This 40-hour course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out everyday law enforcement operations, including powers of arrest, rules of evidence, seizure, interviewing (both those under investigation and witnesses), and documentation. This topic also covers provincial and federal legislation that governs law enforcement practices in these areas. Taught in : February 2022, May 2022 IVT4: Investigation Techniques Summary: This 40-hour course will build on the concepts and ideas taught in earlier foundation courses and provide the student with the base skills required to be a successful investigator. Taught in : March 2022 CRM4: Conflict Resolution & Mediation Summary: This 40-hour course This subject introduces the foundational concepts of conflict resolution and mediation. The course also introduces the foundations of incident debriefing. The law and regulatory enforcement constantly place professionals in hostile and interpersonal contact during stressful situations. These foundational skills will provide students with tools to improve their ability to do their job by improving interpersonal communication at critical times. Incident debriefing identifies the purpose and process for this tool. Taught in : March 2022 CSV4: Correctional Services Summary: This 40-hour course covers post-law enforcement or regulatory enforcement topics, including federal and provincial correctional services, probation, parole, halfway houses, rehabilitation processes, and restorative justice. Taught in : April 2022 CCJ4: Criminology and the Criminal Justice System Summary: In this 40-hour course, students will gain insight and understanding of both the criminal and the crime, including motivation, theories of crime and criminality, psychological/social impact of crime and violence, crime analysis, and Canada's criminal justice system. Taught in : April 2022 LAW1014: Introduction to the Study of Law Summary: (Taught as part of the Paralegal Program) This 40-hour course will provide students with an overview of the Canadian legal system, legal institutions, and the structure of the Canadian court system. Students learn about the history of Canadian law, including an analysis of the development of the Canadian constitution. It will discuss the Legal Professional Act and the Rules of the Law Society of British Columbia regarding professionalism and ethics in the field. There will be an examination of the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. Students will learn how to interpret statutes and attune their legal reasoning skills. The Doctrine of Precedent, current issues, developments in Canadian law, and the process of law reform will also be overviewed in this module. The law reform process, the Law of Equity, and how to distinguish case law and Stare Decisis will also be covered. Taught in : May 2022 LAW2034: Criminal Law and Evidence I Summary: (Taught as part of the Paralegal Program) In this 40-hour course, students learn about the nature, purpose, scope, sources, and basic principles of criminal law. The Criminal Code of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are discussed. Students review the essential elements of a criminal offence and the practical procedures utilized throughout a client’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and appeal. Jurisdictional issues are presented along with the process for jury selection. There will also be a discussion of evidence. Taught in : May 2022 LAW3084: Criminal Law and Evidence II Summary: (Taught as part of the Paralegal Program) This 40-hour course, continuation of Criminal Law and Evidence I, covers interviewing techniques and investigation procedures regarding criminal offences, examination techniques (direct and cross), and the creation and maintenance of a criminal file. This course also includes gathering information, obtaining a retainer, completing documentation, billing, and reporting. There is also a review of the law of evidence and the evidentiary statement. Taught in : May 2022 Bow Valley College Courses Taught JUST 1101 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Summary: This course provides an overview of Canada's criminal justice system. It focuses on the historical, theoretical, substantive, and procedural aspects of the police, the courts, and corrections and shows each institution functions in society. Learners examine how these institutions were created and influenced by governmental regulation, private and public oversight, and their underlying philosophies. Learners delve into the relationships between crime control theory and criminal justice policy; crime rates and justice statistics; the role of police and their operations; the court system; and corrections. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2019 JUST 1102 – Diversity and Criminal Justice in Canada Summary: This course examines multiculturalism and its relationship to the criminal justice system in Canada. Among the issues discussed are the recognition, acceptance, and affirmation of ethnic, racial, and religious diversity within Canada’s policy of multiculturalism. Particular emphasis is placed on Aboriginal history and traditions. Special attention is focused on applying these issues to policing, corrections, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. Students will have the opportunity to develop the sensitivities and skills which will assist them in understanding and working with different cultures and be responsive to the needs and expectations of culturally diverse communities. Taught in Term(s): Fall 2020 JUST 1301 – Professional Report Writing and Presentations Summary: This course focuses on professionalism in report writing and presentations in a justice work setting. Learners build a portfolio by preparing and presenting a variety of reports and proposals. Learners critique their writing and presentation skills using peer-to-peer feedback and self-reflection. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2022 JUST 1601 – Criminology Summary: This course introduces the major historical and contemporary theoretical concepts of crime, criminals, and criminality. The course establishes the theoretical relationship between criminology and other sciences like psychology and sociology. In addition, the course also delves into the use of the physical sciences and explores the effects of their use in criminal matters. Taught in Term(s): Spring 2020 JUST 2103 – Introduction to Law Enforcement Summary: This course provides a broad overview of the history and the development of modern policing. Police work in a democratic society, the police structure of governance, and the current trends in Canadian law enforcement are examined. In addition, the legal powers of police and various models of policing will be analyzed in the context of current trends and issues. Taught in Term(s): Fall 2017, Fall 2018(x2), Fall 2019(x2), Fall 2020, Fall 2021(x2) JUST 2104 – Introduction to Forensic Science Summary: This course explores the history of forensic science and the role forensics play in recent investigations in the Canadian criminal justice system. Learners will focus on crime scene management and processing, using various forensic techniques for many different types of evidence. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Fall 2021(x2) JUST 2202 – Criminal Law in Canada Summary: In this course, learners explore the function of criminal law in Canada, focusing on the Criminal Code. Learners examine the Criminal Code of Canada to understand the offences described within. Learners practice identifying elements of a case to recommend a criminal offence and describe the associated penalty. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2021, Winter 2022 JUST 2503 – Criminal Procedure Summary: This course deals with criminal procedure issues related to law enforcement. The course examines the procedural requirements of the criminal justice system as they relate to the role of the law enforcement officer. Activities within that role include: search and seizure, charging, arrest, detention, interrogation, and warrants. The learner analyzes pre-trial procedures and trial processes. Taught in Term(s): Fall 2019(x2), Fall 2020(x2), Winter 2022 (x2) JUST 2606 – Criminal Evidence Summary: This course examines criminal evidence issues around policing, principles, and problems as those issues relate to evidence in criminal proceedings. Learners analyze the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms issues concerning the collection, preservation, and use of evidence. In addition, the course focuses on evidentiary concerns such as witnesses, questioning, and the challenges facing the forensic community. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2019(x2), Winter 2020(x2) JUST 2607 – Interviewing & Investigation Summary: Interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects is fundamental to an investigation. Learners explore basic investigative responsibilities and critical skills required to conduct effective interviews. They examine case law and statutes to be considered during interviews and interrogations. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021(x2), Winter 2022 LEGL 1101 – Introduction to Canadian Law Summary: This course provides an overview of Canadian civil and criminal law, its history, and its structure. The civil law component provides the learner with a foundational knowledge of the operation of civil legal systems and the interests involved. The course explores Canadian criminal law through the examination of constitutional law, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the substantive and procedural law contained in the Criminal Code. Taught in Term(s): Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Fall 2021 Bow Valley College Curriculum Development: The following courses were created, and all curriculum and assessments were developed by myself: JUST 2104 – Introduction to Forensic Science Developed 3 credit course as a part of the Criminal Justice Diploma program. The course is currently an elective for all specializations in the program. Summary: This course explores the history of forensic science, and the role forensics play in contemporary investigations in the Canadian criminal justice system. Learners will focus on crime scene management and processing, using a wide variety of forensic techniques, for a many different types of evidence JUST 2304 – Crisis Management for Law Enforcement Developed 3 credit course as a part of the Criminal Justice Diploma program. The course is currently a requirement for all Law Enforcement Specializations, and an elective for General Justice or Corrections specialization. Summary: This course examines crises and conflicts that law enforcement personnel encounter. Although no two crises or conflicts are the same, learners explore common factors that may be involved, such as stress, mental health, and abuse. In addition, learners examine effective intervention and de-escalation strategies that may be engaged by law enforcement personnel. In addition to creating and developing the previously mentioned courses, I have also reviewed, updated, and redesigned the following courses: JUST 2202 – Criminal Law in Canada JUST 2503 – Criminal Procedure JUST 2607 – Interviewing & investigation LEGL 1101 – Introduction to Canadian Law Professional Development Courses Taught Introduction to Forensics Organization: Calgary Police Service Course Run: Sept 2017, Jan 2018, Sept 2018. Summary: This 20-hour course provided the roles and responsibilities of the CPS Forensic Crime Scenes Unit. IN addition to providing a knowledge base regarding forensic techniques that may offer additional information for their investigations from a forensic perspective. In addition to facilitating this course, I was also the creator and curriculum developer. Assistant Crime Scene Examiner Organization: Calgary Police Service Course Run: Oct 15 – 19, 2018 Summary: This 40-hour course was designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, secure, and process crime scenes using various forensic techniques. During this course, I facilitated involvement from multiple sections of the CPS and led the assessment of the learners in both formative practical scenarios and summative written examinations. In addition to facilitating this course, I was also the curriculum and assessment developer. Friction Ridge Identification Organization: Calgary Police Service Course Run: Nov 2017, and Nov 2018 Summary: This 40-hour course provided an introduction to Dactyloscopy which is the analysis and comparison of fingerprints for identification. As an introduction, this course was not intended to provide sufficient training for qualification as an expert or certification as a friction ridge examiner. However, the system offers detailed information on friction ridge skin, processes used to locate, document, and collect fingerprints, as well as philosophy and methodologies for fingerprint identification. In addition to facilitating this course, I was also the curriculum and assessment developer. Hazardous Environment Recognition & Evidence Collection Organization: Calgary Police Service Course Run: Aug 2018 Summary: This course was designed with the overall learning objective of increasing police investigators' awareness, knowledge, and ability to recognize hazardous environments involving unknown powders, drug manufacturing, or other toxic substances. This course covered theoretical knowledge and practical skills focusing on proper donning, doffing, and decontamination. As well as exhibit packing, collection, and understanding the potential for forensic evidence retrieved in such an environment. In addition to facilitating this course, collaboration with the University of Calgary Chemistry Department, Calgary Fire Department HAZMAT, The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Health Canada's Vancouver Drug Analysis Service Laboratory and RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response. I was also the creator and the curriculum and assessment developer. Advanced Forensic Training Course Organization: INTERPOL Course Run: July 2019 Summary: This course was designed through collaboration with INTERPOL, hosting the system for a diverse group of investigators from Southern and Eastern Africa. This course took place in Mauritius, with the support of both INTERPOL and Mauritius Police. In addition to facilitating this course, I was also the curriculum and assessment developer. Fingerprint Identification Course Organization: Uganda Police Course Run: September 2021 Summary: This course was designed through collaboration with Uganda Police and offered a synchronous and asynchronous online course. Over 40 hours, participants conducted a detailed study to understand friction ridge impression (fingerprint) evidence. From recognizing and describing factors that allow for friction ridge impressions to be individualized to conducting a thorough analysis and what is involved in forming an opinion on the comparison of friction ridge impressions. In addition to a review of strengths and weaknesses of the processes and how to articulate findings or conclusions in an expert report.
- ABOUT ME | Mark-Forensics
ABOUT ME Scott Mark BEHIND THE SCENES Over the years, I have been fortunate in the opportunities provided. In addition to my previous duties as a police officer and forensic specialist, I became an educator and trainer for police, students at all grade levels, and members of the surrounding community. Over the years, I've created and facilitated courses relating to forensic investigation for Calgary Police Service, Bow Valley College, CDI College, INTERPOL, the Uganda Police Force, and other schools and organizations. My career has evolved from practitioner to educator. I currently work as the lead law enforcement instructor for the Justice Studies program at Bow Valley College and as a part-time Instructor with CDI College's Law Enforcement Foundations Program. Throughout my career, I've discovered my passion for forensics and education, which is what led to this website. It exists to help support learners or educators who wish to know more about forensics from the perspective of a forensic investigator. I look forward to the next steps in my journey, which will involve pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. If you wish to know more, please follow the links below, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to offer any insights or guidance. Teaching Portfolio Curriculum Vitae
- Forensics & Limitations
In forensics, there is one main thing that many overlook, and that is the limitations it has. There is a saying that many add when they are skeptical: to take the information with a grain of salt. Now I always thought this had to do with something not being as sweet as it sounded, but the phrase actually stems from a much darker etiology. To very generally summarize (and please forgive me linguistic historians, as this may not be to the level of detail you prefer), salt was once thought to be a cure for some poisons, and so if you were to take a poison with some salt, you would not be adversely affected by it. Now the science behind this, isn't quite there, but the analogy fits. With each piece of information we take in, we must do so with a critical perspective of it, to prevent it from poisoning our minds or our reasoning. In forensics, everything must be taken with a grain of salt, including the critiques of it. On that note, here is a great article I recently read, which led to this post, and I think is one worth taking the time to reading. Forensic science: The danger of relying on a single piece of evidence
- Need Help with Citations?
For students, do you need help properly citing your sources, or having them in the correct format? Here are some amazing guides to proper referencing, which can be amazingly useful as you are creating your written submissions: Purdue University - a spectacular website that provides the most comprehensive citation guide, as well as a sample paper for students or academics to refer to! Definitely Check It Out! https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html Aside from the previous, one of the only things that guide does not provide is how to cite legal references (e.g. statutes). There are a few different websites for this, but I would highly recommend the website provided by Douglas College Library, for legal citation. https://guides.douglascollege.ca/APA-7/LegalCitation Here is another offered by Durham College for APA 7th Edition and a link provided by Durham College for McGill 9th Ed - Legal Citation (which is the ultimate Canadian legal citation guide) If those don't work for you, please let me know. If you know of sources better, or equally as good as these, please let me know and I can add it to the list. Writing citations is at times one of the most challenging things for young students, and hopefully these can help get over that barrier! Take care, stay safe, and have a great day.
I am teaching a full year forensics class at the high school I work at next year. Any curriculum I should go off of or any recommendations on where to begin?