Open to: Students currently enrolled in grades 6 - 9
Prerequisites: Qualifying math or verbal score
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Course Code: IFOR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts in Forensic Science, beginning with historical perspectives and covering the use of forensics to investigate and solve crimes. Units include history and development, crime scene evaluation, the crime lab, trace evidence, impressions, fingerprints, blood and DNA. Students watch online lessons, complete virtual lab activities, communicate with classmates in online forums, conduct hands-on lab activities, write a research report, and much more. They acquire knowledge of the skills, equipment and technology used to analyze physical evidence and how to examine and interpret this evidence. Skills in data analysis, critical thinking and problem solving, reinforce their understanding of the scientific process.
This course requires the use of any microscope and the purchase of a lab kit and manual:
Principles of FP
Blood Typing: A, B, AB, O
Structure of DNA
Sources of DNA
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Students must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill PDFs in this course. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.