Course Summary
Credit Type:
2 weeks (80 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Lab
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Criminalistics, Forensics, or Crime Scene Investigation
This course is recommended for a total of 4 semester hours in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category.


The course objective is to build upon IPTM's Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation course by assisting the student in understanding vehicle dynamics. The student will take part in a more intense study of time/distance calculations, two-dimensional momentum and impact speed calculations using momentum equations. This program will help the student to understand derivation and origin of the commonly used speed formulas, speed of vehicles at impact using conservation of linear momentum, and behavior of vehicles in a collision using Newton's three laws of motion. Discussions of commercial vehicle and motorcycle dynamics in collisions and the determination of direction of travel, initial contact and position of vehicles on the roadway will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Investigate and reconstruct motor vehicle crashes to determine possible violations of law, process crash scenes, identify evidence, document the crash, and interview and interrogate involved parties. The student will be able to solve for speeds of the i

General Topics:

  • Review of fundamentals of crash investigation
  • General airborne equations
  • Pedestrian crash investigation conservation of momentum both vector and algebraic solutions
  • Time and distance equations and analysis
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials