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Forensics: 8 Weeks Condensed Session (17 Chapters & Assignments-Full Year Condensed Into 8 Weeks)

Parents, are you looking for a unique condensed science course for your child? This course will cover the basics/history of forensics, handwriting analysis, anatomy, spore collection on textiles, ballistics, arson investigation, and forensic case studies.
Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
20 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 14 learners
No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Tue, Nov 1

Nov 1 – Dec 20 (8 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

The following state standards will be covered:
SFS1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to properly conduct a forensic
investigation of a crime scene.
a. Construct an explanation of how scientific forensic techniques used in collecting and
submitting evidence for admissibility in court have evolved over time.
(Clarification statement: Emphasis is on Locard’s Exchange Principle, Frye standard,
Daubert ruling)
b. Plan and carry out investigations using the scientific protocols for analyzing a crime scene
(e.g., search, isolate, collect, and record).
c. Construct an argument from evidence explaining the relevance of possible evidence at the
site of an investigation.
d. Develop models to analyze and communicate information obtained from the crime scene.
(Clarification statement: Properly document and sketch a crime scene.)
SFS2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on various scientific techniques to
analyze physical, trace, and digital evidence.
a. Plan and carryout an investigation to determine the value of physical and trace evidence.
b. Plan and carryout an investigation to analyze the morphology and types of hair, fibers, soil
and glass evidence in order to make a physical match examination.
c. Use models for the evaluation of handwriting and document evidence.
d. Analyze and interpret data to evaluate digital sources of evidence.
e. Ask questions to determine the appropriate uses of chromatography and spectroscopy in
evidence analysis.
 (Clarification statement: Addressing spectroscopy at an analytical chemistry level is not
SFS3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information relating to biological evidence in
forensic investigations.
a. Ask questions to investigate types of toxins, poisons, and drugs and their effects on the body.
b. Analyze and interpret data to investigate the effects of blood alcohol content on the body.
c. Construct an explanation to distinguish the difference between human and animal blood.
d. Plan and carry out an investigation to analyze the physics of bloodstain patterns.
e. Plan and carry out an investigation involving DNA processing and analysis.
SFS4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze the role of impression
evidence in order to make a physical match examination.
a. Construct an explanation for utilizing the appropriate technique to lift and evaluate
identifiable, latent, plastic and patent fingerprints.
(Clarification statement: Classifying print and minutiae patterns are addressed in this
element. Students should be able to explain why they are using a specific technique.)
b. Analyze and interpret data regarding impression evidence.
(Clarification statement: Impression evidence could include ballistics, tool marks, footwear,
tire impressions, etc.).
c. Construct an explanation to support the significance of impression evidence in an
SFS5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to Medicolegal Death Investigations.
a. Ask questions to identify various causes and mechanisms of death (blunt force trauma, heart
attack, bleeding, etc.).
b. Construct an argument based on evidence that pertains to the manner of death (natural,
homicide, suicide, accidental, or undetermined).
c. Use mathematics and computational thinking to explain post-mortem changes used to
determine post-mortem interval (PMI):
• Rigor mortis
• Livor mortis
• Algor mortis
• Gastric contents
(Clarification statement: Instruction should include the historical use of Algor Mortis as it is
often not used by practicing forensic specialists.)
d. Analyze and interpret entomological data to evaluate the role insects play in decomposition
and determining PMI.
e. Plan and carry out an investigation to analyze height, sex, age, and race to develop an
anthropological profile of the victim and potential perpetrator.
Mrs. Collins is a certified science and gifted education teacher with 22+ years of experience. She teaches Forensic Science in a school setting and online for homeschool families. 
Students will be presented the full week's worth of work every week. I would estimate 30 minutes or more each day will be spent on the course. The chapters take around 40 total minutes to complete, but that can be read at the student's pace on one day or over a week's span. Each chapter is around 6-12 pages. 
paper notecards ziploc bag or shoebox to hold notecards rubberband to hold each chapter's notecards together in a stack separate ink stamp pad (not required but helpful for one of the labs) highlighter ruler pen (blue or black) scissors colored pencils, crayons, or markers
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Testing links will be provided. 

Students will be provided periodic assessments, but these are optional. Parents can grade students in regard to completion of assignments or by using the assessments. All assessments will be presented on Quizlet. Quizlet is free, so please create an account for your child to use. Creating an account will save their work on the site. I will use Quizlet, using my teacher subscription, and then share the link with your child on the Outschool class page. Students can use the Quizlet link to practice notecards, listen to the notecards be read for our auditory learners. play the matching game for our gamer students, and then take a practice test for assessment purposes. Quizlet grades all assessments, and students will be able to retake all assessments til they are happy with the grade given. Visit to create a student account beforehand. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please note this is a forensics course so it will involve forensic and police themes. A few chapters that I want to give you a heads-up about-Blood splatter, types of death, and ballistics. This is the same curriculum taught in most public and private school settings so the themed are age appropriate and no images are gory. But the themes will be discussed. Your child can skip any chapters that you would like. Thank you. 

**Please note this is a condensed course. So refunds can not be given after the full 17 chapters have been uploaded. Families will be given the first week to see how they like the class, ease of assignments, curriculum, etc. But on the 2nd week the full remaining 16 chapters will be uploaded because most families that pick a condensed course want to move ahead using their own pace. That is the joy of a condensed flex course.  After the curriculum has been fully loaded, at that time the teacher has fulfilled the curriculum requirement so refunds will not be available after week 2 because the family has been provided 17 full pdf chapters, 2 assignments each chapter (for a total of 34 mini assignments), and 17 tests. 
Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations, 3rd Edition, Cengage Learning (students will be provided a pdf format of the textbook)


Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
Lives in the United States
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20 total reviews
32 completed classes

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