Forensic Science Syllabus
Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.
This is a 1 semester course consisting of 8 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 0.5 credit towards high school graduation.
- Introduction to Forensic Science
- The Crime Scene
- Physical Evidence
- Physical Evidence: Hair, Blood, and Fingerprints
- Firearms and Tool Marks
- Human Remains
- DNA Evidence
- Arson and Explosion Evidence
Required Course Materials
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Methods of Evaluation
Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments:
- 40% Assignments
- 10% Participation (Discussion Posts, Synchronous Sessions)
- 10% Quizzes
- 25% Midterm & Final Exam
- 15% Tests
Additional Course Information
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