Introduction to Forensic Science

Course Description:

In Introduction to Forensic Science, you will learn about the importance and limitations of forensic science and explore different career options in this field. You will also learn to process a crime scene, collect and preserve evidence, and analyze biological evidence such as fingerprints, blood spatter, and DNA. Moreover, you will learn to determine the time and cause of death in homicides and analyze ballistic evidence and human remains at a crime scene. Finally, you will learn about forensic investigative methods used in arson, computer crimes, financial crimes, and forgeries.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Introduction to Forensic Science
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Law Enforcement—Other
Course Provider : Parchment School District
Content Provided By : My Virtual Academy
Online Instructor Provided By : Parchment School District
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum, Common Core State Standards
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : Public, Protective, and Government Service
Course Identifier : Law Enforcement—Other
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

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Email : [email protected]
Phone : 800-297-2119

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description: None

At the end of this course students will be able to: Explain forensic science and its role in the legal system. Describe protocols and procedures involved in processing a crime scene. Describe the methods used to analyze the chemical composition of evidence. Describe methods and tools that use properties of light to analyze evidence. Explain procedures involved in fingerprint analysis, substance analysis, serology, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis.Apply postmortem techniques and entomology to determine the time and cause of death. Explain the relevance of anthropology in forensic science. Explain the use of forensic science in arson, computer and financial crimes, and forgeries.
Unit 1: Forensic Science Overview
Unit 2: Physical Evidence
Unit 3: Biological Evidence
Unit 4: Homicide and Other Forensic Investigations
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In order to be successful in our program, it is important for the student to remain in constant communication with the online instructor. The online instructor will be communicating with the student 1-2 times per week. Communication between the student and online instructor will be phone, email, texting, and/or discussion boards. Online instructors provide families with their weekly office hours and My Virtual Academy is open Monday – Thursday from 8 AM – 8 PM, Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM and Saturday from 8AM – 2 PM with staff available to answer questions/concerns. Messages received after hours will be returned the next school day. Parents/Guardians/Students will have access to the curriculum and gradebook 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
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