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Examining the Evidence: Classroom as a Crime Lab I
This interdisciplinary course will serve as an introduction to the incorporation of forensics into a science curriculum and will cover those topic most often covered in a basic forensic course. Part I of this course will focus on the content areas most commonly covered in a one semester course including the following topics: observational skills, crime scene investigation, hair and fibers, fingerprints, toxicology, serology and blood spatter.
Participants will be exposed to both the science content as well as the methodologies commonly used in the classroom in teaching forensics. Lab activities will accompany each topic. Guest speakers will be used to enhance the workshop experience where appropriate. Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource CD.
Text: Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, Anthony J. Bertino South-Western Cengage Publishing ISBN #0-538-73155-9
This is the premier high school text and will provide the participants with a resourse that they can use both in the workshop as well as in their classroom. This textbook will be provided to the workshop participants.
Course Packet Readings: A list of articles which focus on the analysis of evidence and the reliability and validity of these conclusions will be sent to workshop participants prior their arrival. These articles will serve as the backbone for our discussions as we examine how forensics fits in a science curriculum.
Crime Scene, Larry Ragle, Avon Books, ISBN #0-380-77379-1
Will provide the reader with an introduction to the field of forensic investigation. Can be used as a text in schools where budgets might not provide for the use of traditional textbook. Should be available at local bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com (True Crime section).
Bone Collector Jeffrey Deaver, Penguin Putman Books, ISBN # 0451188454
Story of serial killer that leaves forensic clues at each murder scene, that if analyzed correctly and quickly enough, will allow the next victim to be saved.
Graduate Credit: Participants wishing to earn graduate credit will create
• Personal Evidence Portfolio. This evidence portfolio will provide the basis for the creation of mock crime scenes. Guidelines will be provided.
• Lesson/Lab: Develop or design a forensics lab activity or classroom lesson.
Monday: AM Introduction/History/Observational Skills
PM Crime Scene Investigation
Tuesday: AM Hair Analysis and Lab
PM Fiber Analysis and Lab
Wednesday: AM Toxicology and Lab
PM Serology and Lab
Thursday: AM Sheriff Steve McFarland
PM Blood Spatter and Lab
Friday AM Fingerprints
PM Slime 9 and Deathboat Cases