Forensic Science is the study of the application of science to law. In criminal cases, forensic science is used to examine physical evidence that can be used to establish connections between suspects, events and circumstances. The application of the scientific method is central to the course. Observation, collection, and classification of data, examining relationships, forming and testing hypotheses and making conclusions based on evidence. The diverse characteristics of a crime scene provide that forensic science is a combination of all branches of science.
Goals of the Course
●Learn how to conduct a variety of experiments used by forensic scientists to analyze evidence collected from crime scene.
●Evaluate forensic evidence analysis techniques with appropriate regard to scientific, statistical, ethical and legal issues.
●Develop critical analytical skills and apply them in case-study situations relevant to current forensic science.
●Learn the techniques used by crime scene investigators to identify and collect evidence at a crime scene.
●Work collaboratively with other classmates to analyze and indentify unknown sources of evidence.
●Use knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course to solve a mock crime.
1. Introduction to the Science of Forensics
3.The Crime Scene
5.Trace Evidence: Hairs, and Fibers
7.Blood Stain Patterns
8.Forensic Document Analysis
10.End of Course Practical Assessment: Mock Crime
Both formative and summative assessments to include:
Critical Thinking Exercises
Quizzes & End of Unit Assessments
Semester and End of Course Assessments
Binder, writing implement
Forensics An Introduction by Richard Saferstein
Hidden Evidence by David Owen
Labs & Class activities 25%
Common Course Assessment 10%
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●It is very important that you are present, in class, on time, every day.
●Attendance is a critical factor for the success of students in this class
●Extra help is available everyday before and after school
●If you are late to class, you will be required to stay after school for teacher
●You must be prepared each day for class.
●Be attentive and open to learning.
●Be actively involved in your learning.
●Ask questions and be engaged in the class activities.
●You are responsible for all work missed during an absence from class.
●You must be aware of, and follow, all school rules.
●Please show respect in the class at all times.
●Students have 2 weeks to make up any class assessments.
●It is recommended that you make up missed work as soon as possible.
If you fail an end of unit assessment, you have 2 weeks to make up the assessment
Forensic Science Parent Consent Form
Throughout the course of the year students will be engaged in numerous hands activities in which they will analyze a variety of evidence types for the purpose of solving mock crimes. A major part of evidence analysis is the documentation through written description and photography. Pictures from the class may be posted on my website. Please indicate below
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