•             The objective of this course is to convey to students in any major field a sound and clear concept of the fundamentals of forensic science at the introductory level.  The techniques of forensic science depend on the application of science to the solving of problems related to the commission of crimes.  The science related to the particular techniques and procedures will be discussed and illustrated at an appropriate level for this course.  Because of the general approach to the subject matter, emphasis will be on those issues which involve problem-solving through deductive reasoning.

                In conjunction with class instruction, the laboratory course work is designed to acquaint the beginning student with the techniques and discipline that are necessary for the performance of scientific work.

    General Course Requirements:

    •        Prompt attendance at each class and lab
    •       Active participation through small-group and large-group discussions
    •       Completion of written course requirements, labs, classroom projects and presentations


    All students are required to attend all classes. Saunders has an attendance policy for which all students are accountable.  While class absence may be explained it is never excused. Teachers may weigh class absence in the class grade as they see fit.  Failure to attend class may result in a failure of the class for attendance. In general, missed classes cannot be made up. Please notify me if any emergency should force you to miss class.

     A student absent for more than 12 classes for a marking period or 7 cuts will fail that marking period. A student absent for more than 24 classes will fail the course for the year.

    Policy on cheating and plagiarism:


    Plagiarism is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author/person and the representation of them as one's own original work. Students are encouraged to be collaborative in developing their projects.  However, whenever students engage in research of any kind and include that research in their written papers and projects or oral presentations, they must cite the source(s).  Students’ demonstration of their access to information and their use of multiple sources does show their depth of knowledge and professional integrity, but only when they give credit to the author(s) in the appropriate ways.  Therefore, plagiarism, academic dishonesty or cheating is not encouraged and not tolerated.  Such behaviors will lead to failure.