HONORS FORENSIC SCIENCE CLASSCourse Description:Forensic Science focuses on the skills and concepts used in crime scene investigation and in the forensic science laboratory. In this course students will learn how science is used to link suspects with the crime scene as well as to prove the quilt or innocence of a suspect. This course will help you hone the students investigative skills and review a wide range of science concepts. They will review physics, chemistry, anatomy, cell biology, environmental science and computer science in the process of learning about forensic science
Notebook (three-ringed binder is recommended)
Text: Saferstein, Richard (2011). Forensic Science: An Introduction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Student grades consist of test, quizzes, lab reports, research projects, class work and homework.
Tests and quizzes are worth 30% of the overall grade
- Lab work is worth 30%,
- Class work and homework are worth 20% of the overall grade.
- Each quarter a different project will contribute 20% of the grade
- There will be a mid-term (8% of the grade for the year) and a final (16% of the final year grade
- Students are responsible for making up all work (labs, notes, test, etc.) missed due to an absence.
- Students who are absent the day of a test are expected to take a make up exam the day they return to class.
Quarter 1: Crime scene. Group project includes participation in some aspect of the mock crime scene (15%) and participation in the presentation of a mock trial (5%)
Quarter 2: Each student will select an infamous forensic case and determine the role of evidence in the case, evaluate the role of forensic science, and comment on the proper procedures and steps taken in the trial.
Quarter 3: Research a poison and prepare a PowerPoint Presentation for the class
Quarter 4: The student will create a review board game according to guidelines and rubrics developed in the class.Course Outline:
First Marking QuarterIntroduction to forensic scienceSurveillanceEye witness reliabilityThe Forensic Science LaboratoryHandling the evidenceProcessing a Crime Scene
Second Marking QuarterAnalytical MethodsBallisticsJFKPersonal IdentificationBody measurementsFinger PrintsThird Marking QuarterCause of Death
Fourth Marking QuarterFire and ArsonExplosives and BombsAir CrashesFabric and Fiber IDHair