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Sharon Tuinukuafe, Rm 314
Course Description
Forensic science is the
application of science to
the law. Forensics is a
multifaceted discipline,
drawing on biology,
chemistry, physics, earth
science, law, history,
math, technology, language, and reasoning
skills. Careers in forensics include forensic science technicians, bloodstain pattern analysts,
forensic ballistics experts, forensic DNA analysts, polygraph examin-
ers, forensic documents
examiner, forensic toxicologists, forensics accountants, forensic anthropologists, forensic
odontologists, forensic
psychologists, forensic
pathologists, forensic
entomologists, and forensic botanists.
At Bainbridge High
school we will be covering a broad range of topics found in the forensic
science realm, and will be learning through many hands– on experiences.
Course materials
Two textbooks will be used in
forensic science this year:
Brown and Davenport, Forensic Science Advanced Investigations, Cengage Learning,
Grading scale:
93-100 A
Online resources are also
available through Cengage
Student should bring a notebook to
class everyday (2 notebooks will be
needed for the class), pens, pencils, and a lab fee of $15 per student should be paid to Sarah Spray
by the end of September.
77-79 C+
73-76 C
90-92 A-
70-72 C-
87-89 B+
67-69 D+
83-86 B
60-66 D
80-82 B-
Bertino and Bertino, Forensic
Science Fundamentals and
Investigations, Cengage
Learning, 2015.
Note: 0.50 is rounded up
to the next grade
Attendance is the best way to ensure success in the forensic
science classroom. Because so much of the material involves hands-on activities and labs, you will not be able to
experience or learn from the class fully if you are not in
class! If you have an excused absence, you are responsible
for finding out what you missed and for making arrangements for it to be made up. Failure to make up work within
3 days of return will result in a failing grade for that work.
Forensic Science topics (Not all topics may be covered, student feedback and time
will determine coverage)
Observation Skills
Crime–scene investigation and evidence
Hair analysis
Fibers and Textiles
Forensic Botany
DNA profiling
Blood and blood splatter
Forensic toxicology
Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and
Forensic Entomology
Death: Manner, Mechanism, Cause
Soil Examination
Forensic Anthropology
Glass Evidence
Casts and Impressions
Tool marks
Firearms and ballisitics
Interrogation and Forensic Reporting
Arson and Fire Investigations
Body Systems
Physical Trauma
Physiology of alcohol and poisons
Forensic Odontology
Crime and Accident reconstruction
Cyber crimes
Digital responsibility and social networking
Criminal Profiling
Tests, quizzes, and projects: 40%
of grade
Classwork/labs: 40% of grade
Homework: 20% of grade
Classroom policies and rules
Be prepared and ready to
Respect yourself and others
No food, drink, or gum allowed in classroom or lab
Gadgets will be utilized during classroom instruction
and I encourage you to bring
an internet ready device
from home. This is a
priviledge, not a right, and is
subject to change on an
individual basis. Please be
respectful and use your device only as directed. Improperly used devices may
be confiscated.
Lab stations should be orderly and clean at the end of
a lab. Leave it better than
you found it!
Help is available during office hours or by appointment
made over email.
Students caught cheating on
any assignment will receive
no credit for the work and a
Late work: If a graded assignment has been handed
back to students, the assignment can only be made up
in the presence of the instructor ( usually after
If you are absent (excused
only) on the day of a lab, it
becomes your responsibility
to find a fellow classmate
who will assist you in making
up the lab. Labs must be
made up within one week
after returning to school.