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.
Adult themes are explored in a direct and mature manner in this course. This material may not be appropriate for middle school or early high school students.
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of forensic science by describing the development of the forensic science field, explaining the responsibilities of a forensic scientist, and explaining the importance of forensic science.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of crime scenes by describing how a crime scene is secured, explaining ways in which a crime scene is recorded, and summarizing how evidence is processed.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical evidence by describing different types of physical evidence, explaining characteristics of physical evidence, and explaining the analysis of physical evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of biological evidence by describing physical structures of biological evidence and explaining the collection of biological evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of firearm evidence by describing the collection of firearm evidence and explaining the analysis of firearm evidence.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of human remains by describing the investigation of human remains and explaining forensic autopsy.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of DNA Evidence by describing the properties of DNA, explaining the use of DNA in an investigation, and explaining the preservation of biological evidence for DNA testing.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of explosive material evidence by describing types of explosive materials, explaining the preservation of explosive material evidence, and explaining the analysis of explosive material evidence.