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    FORENSIC SCIENCE CLASS REQUIREMENTS

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    Forensic Science at White Plains HS is a full year course. Forensic Science is the application of science to law. In this course students learn how science is used to link suspects with the crime scene as well as to prove the quilt or innocence of a suspect.

     

     

    GENERAL CLASS EXPECTATIONS:

     

    1. Students are expected to be in class on time. If you must come late, come with a pass.
    2. Students are expected to bring their notebook, science folder, pencil/pens and agenda book to every class.
    3. Students are expected to complete homework assignments and lab reports on time.
    4. Students are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully towards all classmates and teachers.

     

    ABSENCES:

     

    1. Students are responsible for making up all work (labs, notes, test, etc.) missed due to an absence.
    2. Students who are absent the day of a test are expected to take a make up exam the day they return to class. 

     

    GRADES:

     

    1. Student grades consist of test, quizzes, lab reports, research projects, class work and homework.
    2. Tests and quizzes are worth 30% of the overall grade
    3. Lab work is worth 30%,
    4.  Class work and homework are worth 20% of the overall grade.
    5. Each quarter a different project will contribute 20% of the grade
    6. There will be a mid-term (8% of the grade for the year) and a final (16% of the final year grade).

    QUARTERLY PROJECTS:

     

    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 Quarter    

    Introduction to forensic science
    Surveillance
    Eye witness reliability
    Son of Sam/ Serial Killers
    The Forensic Science Laboratory
     Handling the evidence
    Processing a Crime Scene
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    Second Marking Quarter

    Analytical Methods
    Ballistics
    JFK
    Personal Identification
    Body measurements
    Finger Prints

     

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    Third Marking Quarter
    Cause of Death
    Forensic Anthropology
    DNA
    Blood
    Toxicology
     

     

    Fourth Marking Quarter

    Fire and Arson
    Explosives and Bombs
    Air Crashes
    Fabric and Fiber ID
    Hair

     

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Last Modified on September 27, 2013