Course Syllabus, Curriculum & Requirements

 

John A. Ferguson Senior High School

Course Syllabus and Curriculum for Forensic Science

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Instructor: Ms. Madelyne Alvarez

E-mail: madealvarez@dadeschools.net


Course Description

Forensic Science is an introductory course in which students will have the opportunity to explore how scientific principles are used in analyzing physical evidence found at crime scenes and to be introduced to the wide array of career choices in forensics.  The fundamental objective is to teach the basic processes and principles of scientific thinking so as to apply them to solving problems that are related not only to science but to all disciplines. The focus will be to introduce students to some of the specialized fields of forensic science, the principles of science and technology upon which they are based, and the application of these principles to various analyses of crime scene evidence. This course will make science real for the CSI generation.

 

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of Biology,Chemistry/Physical Science 
 

Textbook and Reference Books

1. Forensic Science - Fundamentals and Investigations - (Main Textbook)
     Author: Anthony J. Bertino
   South Western Cengage Learning 2012

2. Forensic Science Today – (Reference)
   Authors: Dr. Henry Lee, George M. Taft, Kimberly A. Taylor

   Lawyers & judges Publishing Company, Inc (2006)


3. Forensic Science for High School – (Reference)

   Author: Barbara Deslich and John Funhouser

   Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (2006)


Course Curriculum:

This course will address topics including, but not limited to:

  1. Introduction to Forensic Science - Crime Scene Investigation (Basic Concepts)
  2. Forensic Pathology
  3. Forensic Anthropology
  4. Forensic Entomology
  5. Forensic Toxicology
  6. Forensic Serology
  7. Fingerprints - Imprints and Impressions
  8. DNA Evidence
  9. Document Examination
  10. Trace Evidence

Course Requirements:

  • You are expected to keep a notebook with all of the work and information. This should be in a three-ring binder with 7 dividers so that handouts and new information could be easily added. Dividers should be labeled (Introduction, Crime Scene, Fingerprints, Serology, Pathology, Anthropology, Ballistics) You should have a front page (provided by teacher) in your notebook at all times. Notebook will be inspected regularly throughout the year several times.
  • A Lab Fee is mandatory for all students. (honors/gifted - $20 and regular - $10)
  • A donation of paper towel, soap, highlighters, (etc.) will be collected several times during the year. (Bonus points will be provided)

Instructional Resources:

Textbook reading

Laboratory experiments

Lectures

Discussions

Case studies

Mock crime scene investigations

Videos

Interactive software packages

Lab reports

Internet sites

Newspaper/current events

• Solve Mysteries
 

Assessment:

Written assessment such as chapter quizzes, tests

• Class participation

• Notebook Checks

Brochure – (Forensic Careers)

Current Events – (Article Analysis)

• Special Projects - Capstone Projects 
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