• HONORS FORENSIC SCIENCE CLASS 

    Course 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 
     


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    REQUIRED MATERIALS:fs2

    Notebook (three-ringed binder is recommended)

    Bottom-fold folder

    Text: Saferstein, Richard (2011). Forensic Science: An Introduction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


    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


    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. 

     


    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
    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

     

    gun 

     
    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

     

    fire

Last Modified on December 10, 2015