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1 First Six Weeks Intro/Observation FS 4(A) The student will distinguish between forensic science and criminalistics in law, public safety, corrections, and security. FS 5(D) The student will apply knowledge of the elements of criminal law that guide search and seizure of persons, property, and evidence. Roles FS 4(B) The student will identify roles, functions, and responsibilities of forensic science professionals. Careers FS 4(D) The student will present career information in written and verbal formats. Ethics FS 4(C) The student will summarize the ethical standards required of a forensic science professional. FS 5(G) The student will outline the chain of custody procedure for evidence discovered in a crime scene. History FS 4(E) The student will recognize the major contributors to the development of forensic science. FS 4(F) The student will illustrate the history of forensic science. Physical Evidence FS 5(C) The student will conduct a systematic search of a simulated crime scene for physical evidence following crime scene protocol. 7 days Second Six Weeks Hair FS 7(C) The student will compare the anatomy of the human hair to animal hair. Fibers FS 7(D) The student will differentiate between natural and manufactured fibers. Refractive Index FS 6(E) The student will explain properties of refractive index. Glass Direction FS 6(I) The student will calculate the direction of a projectile by examining glass fractures. FS 6(J) The student will compare the composition of glass fragments. 9 days 7 days

2 Light FS 6(F) The student will explain dispersion of light through a prism. FS 6(G) The student will identify the light sources used in forensic science such as ultraviolet light. Third Six Weeks Blood Stain Lab Procedures FS 11(A) The student will explain forensic laboratory procedures to determine if a stain detected in a crime scene is blood. Blood Types FS 11(B) The student will identify the red blood cell antigens and antibodies as they relate to human blood types. Punnet Squares FS 11(C) The student will determine genotypes and phenotypes in the human red blood cell system using Punnet Squares. Body Fluids FS 11(D) The student will research methodologies used to collect and analyze other body fluids. Blood Stain Patterns FS 9(A) The student will analyze blood stain patterns based on source, direction, and angle of trajectory. Invisible Blood Stain FS 9(B) The student will explain the method of chemically isolating an invisible blood stain, using reagents such as luminol. Diagram Acid Molecules FS 12(A) The student will diagram the deoxyribonucleic acid molecule, including nitrogen bases, sugars, and phosphate groups. Acids FS 12(C) The student will extract deoxyribonucleic acid from food such as peas and strawberries. Base Pairing FS 12(B) The student will explain base pairing of adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine as they relate to deoxyribonucleic acid fingerprinting. 8 days Fourth Six Weeks Polymerase Chain Reaction FS 12(D) The student will explain the polymerase chain reaction laboratory procedure for forensic deoxyribonucleic acid typing.

3 Collect & Package FS 12(E) The student will collect and package deoxyribonucleic acid from a simulated crime scene. Finger Print Patterns FS 8(A) The student will compare the three major fingerprint patterns of arches, loops, and whorls and their respective subclasses. Finger Print Characteristics FS 8(B) The student will identify characteristics of fingerprints, including bifurcations, ending ridges, ridge islands, dots, short ridges, and divergence ridges. Distinguish Finger Prints FS 8(C) The student will distinguish among visible, plastic, and latent Fingerprints. Lifting Prints FS 8(F) The student will explain the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. FS 8(D) The student will perform laboratory procedures for lifting latent prints on porous and nonporous objects using chemicals such as iodine, ninhydrin, silver nitrate, and cyanoacrylate resin. FS 8(E) The student will perform laboratory procedures for lifting latent prints on nonporous objects using fingerprint powders such as black powder and florescent powders. Compare Finger Prints FS 8(G) The student will compare fingerprints collected at a simulated crime scene with the fingerprints of a suspect. Chem Properties w/periodic Table FS 6(B) The student will distinguish between physical and chemical properties of matter using the periodic table. Compound or Mixture Elements FS 6(C) The student will determine the elements within a compound or Mixture. Chemical Reactions FS 6(D) The student will identify the four types of chemical reactions. 10 days Fifth Six Weeks Alcohol Human Body FS 10(A) The student will explain the absorption, distribution, and elimination of alcohol through the human body. Blood Alcohol FS 10(B) The student will describe the blood alcohol laboratory procedures as they relate to blood alcohol concentration

4 Alcohol Impairment FS 10(C) The student will explain the levels of tolerance and impairment due alcohol consumption. Blood Samples Preservation FS 10(D) The student will explain the precautions necessary in the forensic laboratory for proper preservation of blood samples. FDA FS 13(A) The student will classify controlled substances using Food and Drug Administration classification. Control Substance ID FS 13(B) The student will identify controlled substances using laboratory procedures such as color test reactions, microcrystalline procedures, chromatography, and spectrophotometry. Tool Marks FS 14(A) The student will explain the individual characteristics of tool marks. Bullet & Cases FS 14(B) The student will recognize characteristics of bullet and cartridge cases. Weapon Fired FS 14(C) The student will explain laboratory methodologies used to determine whether an individual has fired a weapon such as identifying gunshot residue. NIBIN Information FS 14(D) The student will recognize the type of information available through the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network. Dental Records ID FS 15(E) The student will explain the role of dental records in identification of remains. Dental Matching FS 15(F) The student will describe the role of dental matching in forensic science. Major Bones FS 15(A) The student will identify the major bones of the human skeletal system. Sixth Six Weeks Human vs Animals FS 15(B) The student will compare composition and structure of human bones with other animals.

5 Excavate Bones FS 15(C) The student will describe the techniques used to excavate bones from a crime scene. Gender/Age FS 15(D) The student will determine unique characteristics of the human skeletal system such as gender and age. Rigor Timeline TOD FS 16(A) The student will explain the process and timeline of rigor mortis and its role in calculating time of death. Post Mortem Lividity FS 16(B) The student will explain post mortem lividity and its importance when processing a crime scene. Cause of Death FS 16(D) The student will determine time and cause of death through case studies. TOD Entomology FS 16(C) The student will determine time of death using entomology. 6 days

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