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Forensics II
Students in this course will continue to learn about detecting, collecting, preserving and analyzing evidence. In this course they will work with hair, fibers and textiles, soil, pollen and spores, handwriting, glass, and casts and impressions. Students will gain hands-on experience in laboratory and practical application as necessary.
Darren Gibson
Study of Hair

- Identify the various parts of a hair.

- Describe variations in the structure of the medulla, cortex and cuticle.

- Distinguish between human and nonhuman hair.

- Determine if two examples of hair are likely to be from the same person.

- Explain how hair can be used in a forensic investigation.

- Calculate the medullary index for a hair.

- Distinguish hairs from individuals belonging to the broad racial categories.

Study of Fibers and Textiles

- Identify and describe common weave patterns of textile samples.

- Compare and contrast various types of fibers through physical and chemical analysis.

- Describe principal characteristics of common fibers used in their identification.

- Apply forensic science techniques to analyze fibers.

Soil Examination

- Recognize various soil types and describe some methods for examining soil samples.

- Distinguish sand samples by size, color and composition.

- Perform a soil analysis including macroscopic and microscopic examination, as well as chemical and physical analysis.

- Explain how soil evidence can link suspects to crime scenes.

Pollen and Spore Examination

- Distinguish between pollen and spores.

- Define a pollen fingerprint.

- Classify the different methods of pollination in plants and the relevance in solving crimes.

- Identify the different ways that spores are dispersed.

- State characteristics of pollen and spores that are important for identification in forensic studies.

- Summarize how pollen and spore evidence is collected at a crime scene.

- Describe how pollen and spore samples are analyzed and evaluated.

Handwriting Analysis, Forgery and Counterfeiting

- Describe 12 types of handwriting exemplars that can be analyzed in a document.

- Demonstrate an example of each of the 12 exemplars of handwriting traits.

- Identify the major goals of a forensic handwriting analysis.

- Describe some of the technology used in handwriting analysis.

- Distinguish between the terms forgery and fraudulence.

- Identify several ways in which businesses prevent check forgery.

- Describe four features of paper currency that are used to detect counterfeit bills.

Glass Evidence

- Explain how glass is formed.

- List some of the characteristics of glass.

- Provide examples of different types of glass.

- Calculate the density of glass.

- Use the refractive index to identify different types of glass.

- Describe how glass fractures.

- Analyze glass fracture patterns to determine how glass was broken.

- Explain how glass is used as evidence.

Casts and Impressions

- Distinguish between latent, patent, and plastic impressions.

- Explain how various types of impressions can be used as trice evidence.

- Describe how to make foot, shoe and tire impressions.

- Use track width and wheelbase information to identify vehicles.

- Prepare dental impressions and match them with bite marks.
State and National Forensics Guidelines
State and National Forensics Guidelines
Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations by Anthony J. Bertino (South Western Cengage Learning, 2009)
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Law Enforcement Services Criminal Forensics