2017-2018 Forensic Science Syllabus

    Course Description: Forensic science is the application of science that can be applied as inquiry. The application of the scientific method is central to this course – observation, collection and classification of data, examining relationships, forming and testing hypotheses and making conclusions based on evidence. The diverse characteristics of a crime scene provide that forensic science is a combination of all branches of science. The ultimate goal is to provide the students with an overall view of this field of science which has been subject to increased interest and popularity in recent years.


    Course Objectives: This year the students will cover an array of topics related to Forensic Science such as crime scene processing, blood, entomology, toxicology, ballistics, DNA, fingerprinting, distinguishing glass fragments, hair and fibers, osteology, odontology as well as learn about the history of Forensic Science and different career options related to the field. Throughout the course students will get an opportunity to play investigator and will be engaged in many hands on activities.




    1.     Be Prompt – be in class ready to learn when the bell rings

    2.    Be Prepared – bring necessary supplies, have them out and ready

    3.    Be Productive – participate and try your best. Study and do your OWN work

    4.    Be Positive – just because it is hard, long and/or confusing doesn’t mean you have to whine about it

    5.     Be Polite – respect yourself, others, the teacher and the school            




    1. Daily Work will be counted as 40% of your grade – may include worksheets, in class activities, participation, homework, quizzes, etc.


    2. Major work will be counted as 60% of your grade – such as tests, projects, labs. If there is anything else that will be considered as major work an announcement will be made the day the assignment is given.


    3. Late work policy - For assignments not already graded by the teacher and returned to students: a deduction of 10 points per day until the work is remitted to the teacher. For assignments already graded by the teacher and returned to the students there will be a deduction of 30 points for one day late and a deduction of 10 points each day thereafter until the work is remitted to the teacher. Late work will not be accepted for grading purposes after the completion of a unit or the current six weeks. A system will be in place on each assignment to help keep track of late work.



    Class Supplies:


    Every day students will need to bring:


    1.    Some sort of writing utensil (which I refer to as a “wu”) I am not picky on what a student uses as long as they have something. If a particular type of utensil will be required for tests/etc. it will be specified.


    2.    Something to write notes in/on. Some students prefer composition notebooks, some prefer spirals while others like using notebook paper. I do not care as long as they are taking notes somewhere and are able to locate them when class begins. I will have paper at the student station if a student needs to borrow any paper.


    3.    Students should have a binder to store handouts and worksheets in that are passed out. I do not have a specific size requirement when it comes to binders, but would recommend either one large enough to hold work from each semester, or one large enough to hold a year’s worth the work. No binder checks will be done, but it is important to hang on to all notes, assignments, labs, etc. for the semester and/or year as it will serve as a good review tool for midterm and spring finals. Dividers are handy but not required.



    Additional Supplies:


    In order to keep supply costs down, I am asking students to bring the supplies listed below. These things will be kept in the class and used by all classes. This eliminates students having to pack around extra supplies and also allows for the teacher to spend money on materials and equipment for the classroom and not on refilling supplies.


    5th Period – 1 roll of tape


    6th Period – 1 box of zip lock baggies (either quart or gallon) Believe it or not we use a lot of baggies for evidence collection, etc. in this class.





    There are things that happen in the classroom that will be dealt with by the teacher in terms of warnings, private discussions about behavior, contacting parents, etc.; however the following behaviors will result in disciplinary referral.


    1.    Phones – phones will be off and out of sight. Phones will be taken up by the teacher if seen and turned into the office. A student who fails to comply with turning his/her phone over to the teacher will receive a referral to the office.

    2.    Food or drink in the classroom (besides water). Students will NOT be warned. This is a lab/classroom – NOT a restaurant.

    3.    The use of foul language

    4.    Fighting

    5.    Destruction of property




    1. Textbooks: There is not a textbook that will be sent home for this class, but copies of reading material will be sent home as reading assignments/homework.


    2.    Remind: The Remind 101 program is a group text service to students and parents that will provide reminders about certain assignments/test/etc. throughout the year. This program allows the teacher to send out a massive text message or email to 50 kids and parents all at once without anyone being able to text back or see any other numbers. Mrs. Bradley will use this to remind about upcoming quizzes, exams, homework, etc. Instructions are included with the syllabus.



    I am excited to be able to teach this class again! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is sbradley@iisd1.org or I can be reached during my conference period (8th period)



                                                                                                              Sarah Mercer Bradley