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CHE 113 S12 Syllabus Rev 2(1)-1

CHE 113 S12 Syllabus Rev 2(1)-1 - CHEMISTRY 113 Spring 2012...

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C HEMISTRY 113 Spring 2012 Forensic Science Professors James T. Spencer ([email protected]) Tyna Meeks ([email protected]) Syracuse University Revised 1/12/2012 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION AND P REREQUISITE S KILLS : Chemistry 113, Forensic Science, is focused upon the application of scientific methods and techniques to crime and law. Recent advances in scientific methods and principles have had an enormous impact upon law enforcement and the entire criminal justice system. In this course, scientific methods specifically relevant to crime detection and analysis will be presented. No prior chemistry instruction is required or assumed but the course should appeal to those who have also had high school chemistry. Emphasis is placed upon understanding the science behind the techniques used in evaluating physical evidence. Topics included are blood analysis, organic and inorganic evidence analysis, microscopic investigations, hair analysis, DNA, drug chemistry and toxicology, fiber comparisons, paints, glass compositions and fragmentation, fingerprints, soil comparisons, and arson investigations, among others. L EARNING G OALS : Scientific methods are radically changing the landscape of our criminal justice system. Increasingly, law enforcement and legal prosecution are reliant upon often complex and detailed scientific analysis of forensic evidence. This course is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection. This will be accomplished by providing a rational basis for interpreting the scientific analysis of forensic evidence and through occasional relevant case studies. Laboratory exercises will include techniques commonly employed in forensic investigations. L ECTURES : The material covered in lecture will be illustrative rather than exhaustive. You need to read the material in the text assigned before the lecture . In lecture, alternate ways of understanding the material will often be presented. The examinations, however, will cover both the assigned text and lecture materials (whether or not they are specifically covered in lecture). Plenty of help is available to answer questions and provide assistance with problems. Lecture times:
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TTh 5:15 to 6:35 PM LSB 001 (001 Life Sciences Building) An approximate schedule of class lecture topics and the assigned text is included with this syllabus (please note that it is only an approximate schedule ). G RADING AND E XAMINATIONS : Final grades will be assigned based upon the three hour exams given during the regularly scheduled class (60%), the final examination (20 %), and the laboratory grade (20 %) as follows; Three Examinations + Final 4 x 20 = 80 % Laboratory 20 % 100 % There will be NO MAKE-UP Examinations . Exam Schedule : Exam I: Thurs., February 9 th (in class) Exam II: Thurs., March 8 th (in class) Exam III: Thurs., April 12 th (in class) Final Exam: Thurs., May 3 rd , 5:15 to 7:15 Any and all problems involving registration, scheduling, grade reporting or other clerical issues are best handled by seeing the undergraduate chemistry secretary,
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