Mrs. Ham and Mr.
In this course, we will examine criminal justice theories and explore
criminal investigation through forensic science. This course will cover
the various biological, psychological and social aspects of crime in the
U.S. while applying science to the enforcement of laws. Students will
become skilled at such analytical methods as securing crime scenes,
collecting and preserving evidence, fingerprinting and DNA analysis.
Students will be provided with an opportunity to perform basic forensic
techniques and use appropriate scientific procedures that follow
established guidelines for admissible evidence. Utilizing statistics,
characteristics of criminal behavior and scientific methods, the students
will apply the core knowledge of the course to actual criminal cases.
Students will be engaged in class discussions,
research, readings, and various laboratory analyses as we explore the
development of forensic science as a tool in the criminal justice system.
We will evaluate the impact of forensic science on the development of
policing, law enforcement and the administration of justice.
This course is designed for students to use real-life applications of
scientific processes to actual case studies while integrating math,
science, writing and an understanding of social justice. For
example, how can the scientific method be used to establish reasonable facts about
evidence in a criminal proceeding?
are the units for our course:
Crime Scene Investigation
Search and Seizure
Miranda Rights, and the Fifth Amendment
||DNA Analysis, Terrorism,
and Capital Punishment
||Ballistics, the Sixth
Amendment, and Expert Witnesses
and Drug Enforcement
||Arson and Fire
Your final grade for this course will be determined based on the following
1 = 40%
Semester 2 = 40%
Final Assessment = 20%
Coursework = 85%
Class Contribution =15%
Assignments and overall grades will be based on a points system.
Prior to each assignment, you will know the total available
points. The grade will be based on the following calculation:
Total Points Earned ÷ Total Possible Points
100, or as
1For other assignments, such as in-class work, research in the
library, or special projects, you will be made aware of the possible
points when the assignment begins.
Homework is an important part of this course.
The homework is meant to enhance our work in the classroom.
Completing the homework will help you understand the subject
matter and, hopefully, make it more interesting.
You will be better prepared for class discussions, other
assignments, and tests or quizzes.
We hope the homework will be engaging and enable you to
demonstrate your expertise in the fields of Criminology and Forensic
Science. Successfully completing and handing-in all of the homework will
improve your grade for the course.
1. Homework is due at the beginning of class.
is due to Mr. Krieger or Mrs. Ham on the due date. For example:
Mrs. Ham assigns homework on Tuesday that is due on Wednesday
-- You are in Mr. Krieger's classroom on Wednesday
-- You will submit your homework to Mr. Krieger at the
beginning of class on Wednesday
Late homework will not be accepted unless you have an excused
are responsible for obtaining homework/assignments if you are absent.
are responsible for submitting your homework/assignments if you are absent.
Homework will be
evaluated using the following sliding-scale rubric:
Homework shows excellent effort
and the work is fully completed
Homework shows acceptable effort
and the work is mostly completed
Homework shows minimal
effort or is not submitted when due
Classroom Contribution -- Sliding Scale
Classroom contribution will be included as part of your quarterly grade.
Classroom contribution represents 15% of your quarterly grade.
See below about the effect of absences on your classroom contribution
rubric below outlines the grading criteria:
Truly exceptional leadership and participation in the classroom by
demonstrating an outstanding work ethic, complete focus when working
independently, adds significantly to the culture of the class, and
willingly goes beyond to bring material from outside the classroom
into discussions and the learning environment.
Excellent participation in class
discussions, often asks thought
provoking questions, willingly works
with other students during classroom activities,
excellent attitude, and/or shows
extensive effort towards creating a
positive atmosphere in the classroom.
Substantial participation in class
works well with other students during classroom activities,
excellent attitude, and/or shows
effort towards creating a positive classroom atmosphere.
Acceptable participation in class
discussions, sometimes works well with
other students during classroom activities, and/or meets some
expectations with attitude and contribution to the classroom
Rarely or never
participates in class discussions,
negative attitude, and/or is
disruptive in class.
Rarely or never
participates in class discussions, is
disruptive in class, does not engage in
group projects, and/or is not part of the "class environment."
and classroom contribution are important aspects of the course.
Participating in class advances your knowledge of the material and
enables other students to learn from you. Class sessions are also meant
to supplement homework and individual research rather than replace or
repeat your readings.
Please note page 9 of the Ipswich High School 2019-2020 Student-Parent Handbook:
It is the
student's responsibility to provide documentation for any absences.
College visits must receive prior administrative approval to be
considered for a waiver. Please note that voluntary student absences
(vacations, family trips, etc.) will not be considered for appeal and
will count towards a student's total absences for the year. Students are
allowed to make up work missed during their absence; however, it should
be noted that only individually completed work assignments, quizzes, or
tests can be made up. Class participation, collaboration with one’s
peers, and interaction with the teacher, from which much knowledge and
growth occurs, are all important learning activities that are impossible
to make up.
important note about field trips
trips are valuable components of a course curriculum. Throughout the
semester, it may be necessary for you to miss our class session(s) to
attend a field trip for another course. Please note that you are responsible for notifying
us AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE OF A FIELD TRIP if you are going to
be absent. Also, if you are working on a group project, you are responsible
for notifying your team members that you will be absent.
you fail to provide prior notification (AT LEAST TWO SCHOOL DAYS) for
an absence due to a field trip, you will not be able to make-up any
of the missed work done in class.
important note about family vacations
vacations must be approved by the Main Office PRIOR to your absence. While
we will provide assistance, advanced assignments are
not guaranteed. If you are eligible to submit make-up work, the
work must be submitted in accordance with
the guidelines included in family vacation policy.
Students may take Criminology Forensic Science for honors
credit by signing an Honors Contract.
Students who participate in an honors contract should:
participate regularly in class discussions,
display a high level of critical thinking during class discussions,
complete all assignments with an excellent level of quality written and
demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a member of team,
collaborate with other students to produce work that exceeds
you are interested in taking the course for honors credit, please note the
Signed Honors Contract due -- Tuesday, September 10
Once you sign and submit the Honors Contract, you may not drop the Honors
Students who do not submit an honors contract by the due date will not be
eligible to take the course for honors credit. The due date is
posted on the Assignments/Topic page.