Learning Recommendations: An interest in learning about the methods used to find clues and evidence at a crime scene. Interest in problem solving and working as a team are helpful.

General Description: CSI Skyline! This course covers the many different areas of forensic science that are used today to solve crimes. The class will be taught through lecture, video and extensive “hands on” practical applications. Students will survey the analysis and processing of physical evidence such as bite-mark impressions, fingerprints, shoeprints, and eyewitness accounts, among others. Students will examine the legal processes from investigation through the presentation of evidence for a criminal trial.   Students will perform the tasks of a crime scene investigator in both interior and outdoor crime scenes, as possible.

Due to this being a CTE course, the class will also focus on employable attributes. So, treat your time in class as if you were at the workplace/office. Practice behaviors that will keep you employed!

Content:

  • Introduction and History of Forensics
  • Crime Scene Basics
  • CSI Effect & Myths about CSI
  • Admissibility
  • Memory & Eyewitness Evidence
  • Fingerprint Evidence
  • Shoe/Tire print Evidence
  • Forensic Odontology

Strategies:

  • Students learn through a combination of:
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands-on practice of crime scene investigative and forensics techniques
  • Inquiry-based laboratory work
  • Critical thinking exercises

Equipment to be provided by Student: None

Note: Students who complete both Police Science/Forensics 1 and INT476 - Police Science/Forensics 2 with a "B" average may qualify for college credit at various community and technical college programs.

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