Forensic Science Syllabus

Mr. Warren Puckett      Room L211        817-305-4700  Ext. 2066

Conference Period:   8th Period                           


Forensic science  is any science used for the purposes of the law, and therefore provides impartial scientific evidence for use in the courts of law, and in a criminal investigation and trial. Forensic science is a multidisciplinary subject, drawing principally from chemistry and biology, but also from physics, geology, psychology, social science, etc.

DISCIPLINE AND CLASS RULES:                                                                   CONSEQUENCES

1.  Respect All People.                                                                                         1.  Verbal Warning

2.  Follow all directions the first time.                                                                    2.  Student Conference

3.  Pay attention and talk only with permission.                                                       3.  Parent contact and detention.

4.  Be in your seat when the bell rings with materials and assignments.                        4.  Office Referral.

5.  Follow the CHHS Code of Conduct.  Cell phones are put away during class.           

6.  Severe disruptions / unsafe lab horseplay will be an automatic referral.                                                                                                   


TEXT: An Introduction to Forensic Science by Saferstein and Fanning;  Pearson Press 2nd edition.


MATERIALS: Each student should provide the following supplies:


1)     A 3 ring binder.

2)     Paper  ( both regular and graph )

3)     Colored pencils or markers.

4)     Pencils and Pens  ( blue or black ink only )




Grading Policy In accordance with district guidelines, each six-week grade will be determined as follows:  

60% Tests, major lab reports and projects

40% Short labs, quizzes, Daily assignments, homework


Homework :  is given to finish class work and may include problems, outside reading, pre or post-lab questions or reviewing for quizzes and tests will be assigned as  necessary.   We will review, grade, and collect the homework at the beginning of class. Homework may be done in pencil, blue ink or black ink.

Lab Reports: Generally, for each lab experiment performed by the student, a lab report must be completed in the specific lab format given by the teacher.  Each student will receive a document outlining the expectations for a lab report.  Often times, there will be a lab quiz given over the concepts discovered in the lab in addition to the lab report.  Information gathered from labs will be included on tests.

Late Work and Make-up Work: Because we grade homework at the very beginning of class, of which quizzes usually follow, homework will not be accepted late without prior authorization from the teacher. All other late work will follow the district guidelines for late and make-up work. I would like to stress that when a student is absent, it is THEIR responsibility to obtain the missing work and to make appointments with their teacher  to make-up their Exams and other work within one day for each day of absence.



   IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE TO MAKE UP ANY WORK  MISSED DUE TO ANY ABSENCE.   The Google Classroom web page will keep a list of assignments and activities.

Tests: At the end of each unit, a test will be given, usually covering 1 to 2 chapters in the book.  In the event of an absence, make-up tests will be given according to district policy and the student is responsible for making an appointment with the instructor.                   TESTS AND QUIZZES: District guidelines allow one day for each day of absence, and all makeup tests should be made up prior to the retest date. An assignment may be substituted for a make up quiz.

b)   Assignments: If a student is absent on the day an assignment is due, the assignment must be turned in upon return.


Retests: Any student who obtains a grade below 80% on a major test may be given the opportunity to raise their grade to a maximum of 80% once during the six weeks.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a time with the teacher to take a similar test over the material.  Students may retest before or after school at a time agreed upon by the student and teacher. 




Tutorials: I arrive at school by 8:00 AM every day. Students are welcome to come to my room for help from 8:00-8:35 Monday –Fridays. After school tutorials are by appointment, due to work and extracurricular activities.

Tardies: You must be in the room before the bell finishes sounding or you are tardy. Tardies will be handled in accordance with current CHHS policy.

1st Tardy = Warning                            2nd Tardy = Student & Parent Conference  

3rd Tardy = Office D-Hall & Parent Contact  4th Tardy = Office D-Hall & ISS & no exam exemption


Broken/Damaged Equipment: Notify the teacher immediately of any broken or damaged equipment.  At the teacher’s discretion, a student or group of students may be required to pay for equipment breakage or damage if it is caused by poor classroom conduct (horseplay).


Topics Coverage:    The following is a listing of the units we will cover this year.   It may increase as opportunities arise.

Unit 1:    Safety and Intro to Forensics

Unit 2:   Crime Scene Investigations

Unit 3:   Physical Evidence

Unit 4:   Analysis of Glass and its properties.

Unit 5:   Drugs

Unit 6:   Toxicology

Unit 7:   Serology

Unit 8:   DNA and its analysis

Unit 9:   Blood stain analysis


A little note about the class….

Forensic Science is a course designed to introduce the student to how science works within the legal system to prove responsibility. The expectations for this course are simple:


1)    Come to class & participate (listen, ask questions, get involved in class discussions/labs, & stay focused)

2)    Take detailed notes and review them daily.   Most items in class will be also posted on my web page.

3)    Review questions missed on tests, quizzes, daily work and homework.

4)    Review and Check-off the “I CAN” statements as we progress through each unit of learning

5)    When you are struggling: come to tutorials, form study groups, redo homework and class problems, and follow re-test procedures as necessary.

6)    Due to the subject of the class, there will be adult content within the course that deals with crimes in the real world.  This will include photo's, videos, details of murder, rape, psychotic behavior and violence.  If you or your parents are not willing to view or study such materials, you must drop the course.



Printed Name:          _____________________________

Signature:               _____________________________

E-mail Address:       ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________________

Phone Number         ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________


Permission to contact about student’s progress through email?        Y  /  N


Permission to display your student’s work in the classroom?     Y   /   N






Printed Name:          _________________________


Signature:               _________________________


E-mail Address:       ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________

Phone Number  ­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________


  I have read and understand this course overview and agree to the policies and procedures of this course, as they have been outline in this document.


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