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Ms. Jimenez: Forensic Science



2015-2016 School Year

Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome to my Forensic Science & Computer Technology course at the High School for Service and Learning! I am Ms. Jimenez, and I am very excited to engage my students in forensics—the application of science for solving crimes. This is a course rich in exploration and lab investigation which applies many disciplines of scientific study such as biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics to solving crimes.

This is my first year as a science teacher at the High School for Service and Learning. I have a Master’s degree in Science Adolescent Education from St John’s University and a B.S. in Biology & Forensic Psychology from St John’s, as well. I am the school’s cheerleading and dance coach. I plan to be very involved in my student's academic career.

I believe your experience in forensic science will be one to remember—the cases are fascinating, the labs engaging, and the content a satisfying application of all sciences studied up to this point. Plan to actively participate in class, complete all assignments thoughtfully and on time, and to study regularly outside of class. Attached you will find the course syllabus.

Please feel free to contact me at any point by email (jjimenez@hsslnyc.org)

Sincerely,

Ms. Jimenez

Science Teacher

High School for Service and Learning



Forensics is a field of science dedicated to the methodical gathering and analysis of evidence to establish facts that can be presented in a legal proceeding. Though crime scenes and laboratories are perhaps, most often associated with forensics, there is also computer or network forensics, forensic accounting, forensic engineering and forensic psychiatry, among other specialized fields that are today an integral part of forensics.Forensic science is the practical application of science to matters of the law. In criminal law, forensics science can help prove the guilt or innocence of the defendant. In civil actions, forensics can help resolve a broad spectrum of legal issues through the identification, analysis and evaluation of physical evidence. Forensic science draws upon a variety of scientific principles, including biology, physics and chemistry. The field of forensic science covers:  Document examination; DNA analysis; Electronic/digital media; Fingerprinting; Autopsy techniques; Forensic engineering; Linguistics; Forensic anthropology; Pathology; Economics; Accounting; Biology; Entomology; Toxicology and much more.

Philosophy:  This course is designed to be an overview course in Forensic Science for high school students.

Expectations:  Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn, with all assignments completed, and ready to participate in class.  Students are expected to spend time in classroom and at home reading, studying, and completing training labs, application labs and homework assignments.

Course Description:  This course is designed to give students an over view of Forensic science and to see how crime scenes are investigated.  The laboratory portion of the course is designed to give students a hands-on experience to reinforce lecture material.

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will gain valuable and accurate information about biology, biomed, and forensic science concepts and issues. 
  2. Students will develop scientific reasoning and process skills.
  3. Students will work in teams and independently and be able to evaluate his/her progress.
  4. To help prepare students for the demands of higher education.


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Forensic Science Syllabus 2015-16.gdoc
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Jamil Jimenez,
Oct 16, 2015, 7:07 AM