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1 Board/Authority Authorised Course Framework Template School District/Independent School Authority Name School District/Independent School Authority Number Developed by Rocky Mountain 06 RMDL Ed Main / edynamic Learning Date Developed June 4, 2014 School Name Principal s Name Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning Ed Main Superintendent Approval Date (for School Districts only) Superintendent Signature (for School Districts only) Board/Authority Approval Date Board/Authority Chair Signature Course Name Forensic Science 12: More Secrets of the Dead Grade Level of Course 12 Number of Course Credits 4 Number of Hours of Instruction 120 Prerequisite(s) Special Training, Facilities or Equipment Required Forensic Science 11: Secrets of the Dead Computer with Internet access 1 P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

2 Course Synopsis Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined. Rationale Organizational Structure: Unit/Topic Title Time Unit 1 Drug Evidence 15 Unit 2 Forgeries and Document Examination 15 Unit 3 Forensic Toxicology 15 Unit 4 Paint, Soil, and Other Trace Evidence 15 Unit 5 Forensic Entomology 15 Unit 6 Forensic Anthropology 15 Unit 7 Digital Evidence 15 Unit 8 The Future of Forensic Science 15 Total Hours P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

3 Unit/Topic/Module Descriptions (A short description and the curriculum organizers and learning outcomes of each unit/topic/module.) Unit 1: Drug Evidence Learn about some of the different types of drugs and their effects. Examine some of the common ways that samples can be taken from humans to test for drugs. Consider some of the issues in collecting and preserving drug evidence. Investigate screening tests and their uses in criminal investigations. Discuss confirmatory tests and their uses in criminal investigations. The World of Criminology: Unit Unit 2: Forgeries and Document Examination Learn about questioned documents and exemplars. Examine some of the aspects that document examiners use to compare handwriting. Investigate some of the aspects that document examiners use to compare typescript. Discuss some of the ways that document alterations can be found. Learn more about how document examiners find forgeries and counterfeit materials. Unit 3: Forensic Toxicology Learn what poisonous substances have been used in history. Understand how poisons are absorbed and transmitted through the body. Discuss techniques used by forensic scientists to identify poisons and other toxins. Examine the collection and preservation of blood evidence. Consider the role of toxicologists in criminal investigations. 3 P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

4 Unit 4: Paint, Soil, and Other Trace Evidence Learn how protons, neutrons, electrons, and other aspects are used by forensic scientists to study trace evidence. Learn about the nature of matter and its relationship to elements and compounds. Consider the usefulness of various forms of trace evidence in investigating crimes. Learn about different types of microscopes and how they work. Examine some of the tests used to identify and compare trace evidence. Unit 5: Forensic Entomology Define forensic entomology and its uses. Learn about the history of forensic entomology. Examine what insects and arthropods are common pieces of evidence in criminal investigations. Investigate some of the tests used in forensic entomology. Learn about studies into insect activity as they related to forensic science. Unit 6: Forensic Anthropology Learn about the areas of forensic anthropology and forensic odontology. Discuss the history of forensic anthropology and odontology. Consider some of the characteristics of bones and teeth that provide forensic scientists with information about the person. Examine some of the tests used in the area of forensic anthropology. Investigate the use of forensic anthropology in the criminal justice system. Unit 7: Digital Evidence Understand the different parts of computers. Discuss the areas of a computer where information can be retrieved. Examine how internet activity can be traced. Investigate how s and other aspects can be traced and examined. Consider how computer evidence can be collected and preserved. 4 P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

5 Unit 8: The Future of Forensic Science Consider how computers are being used in forensic science. Discuss some of the recent advances in forensic techniques and testing. Learn about how advances in other disciplines impact forensic science. Examine some of current limitations of forensic science investigations. Investigate some of the possible future changes in forensic science. Skills and Processes throughout the Course It is expected that students will: apply critical thinking including questioning, comparing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, and defending a position to make reasoned judgments about a range of issues, situations, and topics give examples of critical-thinking processes (e.g., questioning, hypothesizing, inferring, predicting, summarizing, verifying, identifying relationships and patterns, using analogies, comparing, classifying, drawing conclusions, defending a position, reassessing a position) recognize connections between events and their causes, consequences, and implications (e.g., relate current events to historical contexts) compare a range of points of view on an issue draw conclusions about an issue, situation, or topic demonstrate effective research skills, including; o accessing information o assessing information o collecting data o evaluating data o organizing information o presenting information o citing sources gain clarity with regards to the importance of accessing and considering a range of information sources assess the accuracy, reliability, and relevance of collected information by determining examples of bias and points of view in information Instructional Component Independent work in an online course format Students provided with the opportunity to work self-paced or with pacing provided by the teacher Various online (primary and secondary sources) resources Opportunity for group work and interaction via moderated online threaded discussion forums in each of the course units. 5 P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

6 Assessment Component Students will be assessed through a variety of methods to promote knowledge-building and critical thinking skills, including: o Submitted assignments o Unit quizzes o Mid-Course and Final Exams o Participation in online threaded discussion forums o Reflective discussion assignments Learning Resource The course will be a fully online offering featuring both audio and video components to augment course content. Additional Information This unique and rigorous course will provide students an opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of Forensic Sciences. As a follow-up to the online Forensic Sciences 11 course, students will be able to further enhance their knowledge of this area of study. 6 P a g e B o a r d / A u t h o r i t y A u t h o r i s e d

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