FORENSIC SCIENCE BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Sharon Tuinukuafe, Rm 314 firstname.lastname@example.org 206-855-0473 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, 2015. Grading scale: 93-100 A Online resources are also available through Cengage Learning. 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. Attendance 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 collection Hair analysis Fibers and Textiles Forensic Botany Fingerprints DNA profiling Blood and blood splatter Forensic toxicology Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and Couterfeiting Forensic Entomology Death: Manner, Mechanism, Cause Soil Examination Forensic Anthropology Glass Evidence Casts and Impressions Tool marks Firearms and ballisitics Grading: Interrogation and Forensic Reporting Arson and Fire Investigations Explosions 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 1. Be prepared and ready to work 2. Respect yourself and others 3. No food, drink, or gum allowed in classroom or lab 4. 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. 5. Lab stations should be orderly and clean at the end of a lab. Leave it better than you found it! 6. Help is available during office hours or by appointment made over email. 7. Students caught cheating on any assignment will receive no credit for the work and a referral. 8. 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 school). 9. 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.