ForensicScienceIForensic Science I: Secrets of the Dead

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. *Please note that this course cannot be taken on an iPad, as this device does not support the Flash player.

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Forensic Science 2: More Secrets of the Dead

In Forensic Science 11, part one, students learn the basics of Forensic Science and the importance of preserving the secrets that the dead can provide to the living, who are looking for answers. In Forensic Science 11, part two, we go deeper, and add new areas of study.

Students will:

  • Explore lab tests used to identify specific drugs.
  • Learn how this science identifies forgeries, compares handwriting, and links machines that identify counterfeit papers and money, or that create documents.
  • Learn about identifying poisonings using arsenic, cyanide, and strychnine
  • Learn about trace evidence, such as paint chips, metals and soils
  • Study the insects commonly found at crime scenes.
  • Learn about facial reconstruction and other methods of identifying the remains.
  • Explore the evidence trails of electronic usage
  • Discover how we use computers to track down the secrets of the dead, and the perpetrators of the crime.

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