SUPA (Syracuse University Project
Forensics will explore the science behind criminal investigation; it is the application of science to
law in a one-semester course. Next year, this will probably be extended to a full course. We will
investigate actual case histories and, with an increasing background in the subject area, come up
with clues and answer questions presented by scientists and law enforcement agencies. Topics
covered will include forensics chemistry, biology, earth science, physics, pathology, odontology,
entomology, and anthropology to name a few. We will be following cases and articles from news
sources on a daily basis as well as individual projects each marking period.
Laboratory and case study requirements
We will be performing labs and case study investigations that will require write-ups and
further research. Procedures for each assignment will be explained in class. Successful
completion of each and every activity is a requirement for completion of the course.
Access to the library and computer labs will be done at first with teacher assistance to
help with resource tools, then on your own. Access to the Syracuse University library
and database are also available. There will be individual projects each marking period in
addition to regular classwork.
Criminalistics: An Introduction To Forensics Science. Eighth edition by Richard Saferstein.
Since this is a Syracuse University sponsored course, all students are required to pay tuition
to Syracuse University as stated in the course guide. This course is taught under the same
guidelines as the one at S.U. Upon successful completion, students will receive a S.U. transcript
for the credits that may be transferred to most colleges and universities.
1) Assignments are to be completed in full by the date due. If you are having difficulty with an
assignment, be sure to ask questions before the due date.
2) A notebook or section of a loose leaf will be needed.
3) A folder is required to maintain your coursework portfolio.
4) Tests are announced at least 2 days ahead of time. Makeup tests are given during your free or
lunch period, or after school the day you return.
5) Quizzes are fair game at any point in time.
6) In case of absence from class for any reason, missed notes will be obtained by the next day.
No extensions will be provided for tests or projects. In case of absence from school for more
than one day, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to keep up on topics.
7) Extra help is always available. Just ask!!
8) While you should be keeping your own grade log, you can always get an up-to-date assessment
from me after school, not during class. I will, however, be posting your grades by your student
number periodically in class.** Your marking period grade is based on a point system. Most
tests are worth 100 points, quizzes may be anywhere from 10 points to 50 points, and projects are
usually 100 points. Your final grade is based on the average of your two marking periods and a
11) A calendar of events, and links to websites of interest will be available on my web page at
**If your parents would like periodic updates from me, I can provide them electronically. In
order to access this service and communicate more effectively, I will need parent e-mail
addresses. Home and/or work addresses are fine. Feel free to e-mail me at any point in time. I
prefer email as the method of communication rather than phone.
I have read and understand these expectations.
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