Biology 4410– Topics: Advanced Biology  of Forensic Science

 Syllabus, Fall 2009

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide the student with basic procedures and concepts related to forensic science and crime scene investigation not covered in the Biology of Forensic Science course. Topics covered include forensic entomology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and toxicology and how they are used to determine time of death, nature of death, and how they tie a suspect to a crime scene. Guest speakers from local law enforcement agencies will present in their areas of expertise.  Laboratory exercises will give students hands-on experience with skills needed for evidence collection and analysis.

 General Education Requirements:  This course qualifies as an upper division elective. 

Course prerequisites: Students should have completed Biology 4410: Biology of Forensic Science and it is recommended that they have taken a genetics and/or molecular biology class.  However, students without these classes can be admitted with permission of the instructor. 

Course Objective:  To increase knowledge, understanding and critical thinking ability concerning biological, chemical and physical evidence used in analyzing a crime scene, identifying a suspect and solving a crime. 

Course location: BES 208 (lecture); BES 207 (Lab)

Meeting time: MWF, 12:00-12:50 p.m. (lecture); Tuesday 1 – 4 (lab)

Instructor:

Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Office:  BES 205  Telephone:  361-593-3790 – email:  c-galloway@tamuk.edu

Web Page:  users.tamuk.edu/kfcmg00

Office Hours: 01:00-3:00 M W Th F, and M W F  from 8-10, or by appointment.  Also, feel free to stop by the office at any time and if I am there I will be happy to meet with you.

Recommended: Text: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Version) ninth edition by Richard Saferstein  

 Google books listed at bottom of Tentative Schedule.

Recommended Study Materials: CD included with text book, web sites recommended in class and on my web page.

Grading: Student grade will be determined in the following manner

 Lecture exams (3)                                                    300 points

            Final Exam                                                                 200 points

            Journal                                                                        100 points

            Laboratory

                        Attendance (10 points/lab)                          100 points

                        Lab exercises (10@40 points ea.)            400 points

 

Total                                                                          1100 points

 

 

Please keep all tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning the assigned grade in the course.  Grades will be awarded as follows:

 

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, and less than 60% = F

The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is  5. After October 30, you must talk to me before dropping the course. The last day to drop the course with a Q if you have a passing grade is November 27. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.

All discussion of grades will be handled in person and not over the phone or via e-mail.  If you wish to know your final exam grade you may leave me a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to the end of the semester.  Your final course grade may be seen on the Blue and Gold Connection by the Monday following graduation exercises.

Test day protocol

On the days of the exams you are expected to be in the class at 12:00 p.m. and under no circumstances will you be allowed to start the test if it is after 12:15 p.m. or someone has already completed the test and turned it in.  You are expected to remain in class after the test has been distributed until you have completed the test and turned it in.  This means go to the bathroom, get a drink, sharpen your pencil, and bring Kleenex so you will not have to leave the class.  No hats will be allowed to be worn during the exam and absolutely no cell phones will be allowed on.  You may be required to surrender your cell phones to me prior to the exam and pick it up when you turn in your exam.  All books, papers, and personal possessions (with the exception of purses) will be placed at the front of the room during the exam.  You will also make sure that there is one empty seats between you and the person you are sitting next to.  If you have questions during the test ask me, NOT THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU.  If you will not be able to conform to these requirements come talk to me about your situation. 

Reading Assignments/Homework:  Reading assignments will be announced in class and, it is strongly recommended that you read the chapter or paper being discussed in class prior to coming to class.  The chapters covered are listed in column 2 of the schedule included in this syllabus.

Lecture Exams: The THREE lecture exams will cover material presented since the previous test and will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions.  The final will cover all material presented since the start of the semester giving you the opportunity to synthesize various topics covered during the semester.  The final exam will be mainly essay, short answer and definition questions.

You are responsible for all the material presented in class and in the chapters accompanying the lectures. 

You may sometimes have more than one exam scheduled during the same week or even on the same day.  It will be up to you to manage your time properly to deal with such situations.  Our schedule in this course is too tight to modify it to accommodate another class.  If you feel you have a problem in this area, please see me WELL BEFORE the exam.

Lectures:  The lectures will often cover material in addition to what is contained in the text, and will assume that you have completed any reading assignments. The notes for this class that can be found on my webpage are not all inclusive of what will be presented in class.  Just reading the notes from my webpage will not guarantee you'll have all the material necessary to pass the class.  In other words, COME TO CLASS!

Web Notes:  You may be provided with lecture outlines prior to each chapter.  These can be downloaded from Dr. Galloway’s (my) web site and are designed to assist you in note-taking during lecture.  They are NOT intended to be all inclusive.

Make-up Policy: There will be NO make-ups for unexcused missed exams.  If you miss one lecture examination, the percent score on the final will be substituted for the missed test.  You will receive a zero for each additional missed exam.  In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by me), talk to me (or phone me) BEFORE the exam and more flexible arrangements may be scheduled.  (Under those conditions the exam may be unique, and may be more difficult)  BONUS: If you take all four lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam percent grade, if the final exam grade is better.

Classroom Decorum:  Cell phones must be turned off during class.  Do NOT carry on  personal conversations once lecture has started.  Repeated offences will result in you being removed from the lecture. 

Other:  There is no policy of required attendance.  However, it is unlikely that you will earn an acceptable grade if you do not attend class regularly.  Attendance will be recorded for each lecture and will be considered in the final grade, especially in borderline cases.  Attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade.  It is important that you take complete and comprehensive notes of the lecture material.  It is also essential that you study regularly. 

I reserve the right to drop a student for regular non-attendance or for regularly failing to turn in assignments or take exams.  Regular attendance in both lecture and lab, plus active class participation can result in a higher course grade in the case of borderline situations.

The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Disability Statement:  Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class, should register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations must provide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.

Academic misconduct statement:  You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses.  Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.

2) Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3) Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.

4) Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.

Nonacademic misconduct:  The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise.  Campus behavior that interferes with either

1) The instructor’s ability to conduct the class

2) The inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or

3) Campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated.

An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.  Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.

Sexual misconduct:  Sexual harassment of students and employers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Tentative Schedule

Week of:

Lecture/Laboratory Topic

Reading Assignment

Aug. 24

Estimation Of Time of Death – Temperature

 

FP Ch. 2

Aug. 31

Estimation Of Time of Death – Temperature

Estimation Of Time of Death – Entomology

FP Ch. 2

FE Ch. 1

Sept. 7

Estimation Of Time of Death – Entomology

Estimation Of Time of Death – Miscellaneous

FE Ch. 1

Sept. 14

Estimation Of Time of Death – Miscellaneous

FB Ch. 9

Sept. 21

Estimation Of Time Of Death – Miscellaneous

Exam 1;

 

Sept. 28

Location of death – Forensic Palynology

 

FB Ch. 12

Oct. 5

 

Location of death – Diatom identification

 

FG Pg. 277

Oct. 12

Location of death - Forensic Botany

FB Ch. 7

Oct. 19

Exam 2; Forensic Anthropology; Skeletal Remains-Determination of Sex, Age and Height

 

 

TBA

Oct. 26

Forensic Odontology

October 29 last day to drop with a “Q” without instructors permission

TBA

Nov. 2

Ballistics

TBA

Nov. 9

Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions

TBA

Nov. 16

Exam 3;

TBA

Nov. 23

DNA-mitochondrial

TBA

Nov.  26 -27

Thanksgiving holiday

 

Nov. 30

New developments in DNA evidence

TBA

Dec. 7

(Dead Week)

Determined by Class

 

Dec. 10

Study Day-No classes

 

Dec. 14

Final exam 8:00-10:20

 

 

 

 

FP = Forensic Pathology by Dominick DeMair (google books)

FE = Forensic Entomology: An Introduction By Dorothy E. Gennard

FB = Forensic botany: principles and applications to criminal casework By Heather Miller Coyle

FG = Forensic geoscience: principles, techniques and applications By Kenneth Pye, Debra J. Croft, Geological Society of London

 

 

 

Biology 4410 – Topics: Biology of  Forensic Science

Syllabus, Spring 2009

Course Description: 

This introductory course is designed to provide the student with the basic procedures and concepts related to forensic sciences and crime scene investigation. Topics covered include blood evidence analysis, DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, forensic botany, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and toxicology and how they are used to determine time of death, nature of death, and how they tie a suspect to a crime scene. Guest speakers from local law enforcement agencies will present in their areas of expertise.  Laboratory exercises will give students hands-on experience with skills needed for evidence collection and analysis.

General Education Requirements:  This course qualifies as an upper division elective. 

Course prerequisites: Students should have completed Biology 4410: Biology of Forensic Science. equivalent and it is recommended that they have taken a genetics and/or molecular biology class.  However, students without these classes can be admitted with permission of the instructor.

Course Objective:  To increase knowledge, understanding and critical thinking ability concerning biological, chemical and physical evidence used in analyzing a crime scene, identifying a suspect and solving a crime. 

Course location: BES 210 (lecture) BES 207 (lab) 

Meeting time: MWF, 8:00-8:50 a.m. (lecture); M 1 – 4 (lab)

Instructor:  

        Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Office:  BES 205  Telephone:  361-593-3790 – email:  c-galloway@tamuk.edu

Web Page:  users.tamuk.edu/kfcmg00

Office Hours: 01:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9:00-11:00 a.m., Monday and Wednesday or by appointment.  Also, feel free to stop by the office at any time and if I am there I will be happy to meet with you.

Required Text: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Version) ninth edition by Richard Saferstein 

Recommended Study Materials: CD included with text book, web sites recommended in class and on my web page.

Grading: Student grade will be determined in the following manner

Three, 100 point, lecture exams                                    300 points

Final Exam                                                                    200 points

            Laboratory                                                                      300 points

Total                                                                               800 points

Optional assignments:

 Video summaries (4@10 pts.)                                           40 points

Please keep all tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning the assigned grade in the course.  Grades will be awarded as follows:

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, and less than 60% = F

The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is April 5. After April 5, you must talk to me before dropping the course. The last day to drop the course with a Q if you have a passing grade is April 30. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.

All discussion of grades will be handled in person and not over the phone or via e-mail.  If you wish to know your final exam grade you may leave me a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to the end of the semester.  Your final course grade may be seen on the Blue and Gold Connection by the Monday following graduation exercises.

Test day protocol:

On the days of the exams you are expected to be in the class at 8:00 a.m. and under no circumstances will you be allowed to start the test if it is after 8:15 a.m. or if someone has already completed the test and turned it in.  You are expected to remain in class after the test has been distributed until you have completed the test and turned it in.  This means go to the bathroom, get a drink, sharpen your pencil, and bring Kleenex so you will not have to leave the class.  No hats will be allowed to be worn during the exam and absolutely no cell phones will be allowed on.  You may be required to surrender your cell phones to me prior to the exam and pick it up when you turn in your exam.  No iPods, MP3 players or other electronic devices can be used during the exam.  All books, papers, and personal possessions (with the exception of wallets) will be placed at the front of the room during the exam.  You will also make sure, if at all possible, to leave at least one seat on either side of you during the exam.  If you have questions during the test ask me, NOT THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU.  If you will not be able to conform to these requirements come talk to me about your situation. 

Reading Assignments/Homework:  Reading assignments will be announced in class and it is strongly recommended that you read the chapter being discussed in class prior to coming to class.  The chapters covered are listed in column 2 of the schedule included in this syllabus.

Lecture Exams: The THREE lecture exams will cover material presented since the previous test and will consist of multiple-choice, matching, definition and short answer questions.  The final exam will be mainly essay, short answer and definition questions.  However, there may be a limited number of multiple-choice questions.

You are responsible for all the material presented in class and in the chapters accompanying the lectures.  You will also be responsible for the content of any articles or readings distributed or assigned in class. 

You may sometimes have more than one exam scheduled during the same week or even on the same day.  It will be up to you to manage your time properly to deal with such situations.  Our schedule in this course is too tight to modify it to accommodate another class.  If you feel you have a problem in this area, please see me WELL BEFORE the exam.

Lectures:  The lectures will often cover material in addition to what is contained in the text, and will assume that you have completed any reading assignments. The notes for this class that can be found on my webpage, are not all inclusive of what will be presented in class.  Just reading the notes from my webpage will not guarantee you'll have all the material necessary to pass the class.  In other words, COME TO CLASS!

Web Notes:  You may be provided with lecture outlines prior to each chapter.  These can be downloaded from Dr. Galloway’s (my) web site and are designed to assist you in note-taking during lecture.  They are NOT intended to be all inclusive.

Make-up Policy: There will be NO make-ups for unexcused missed exams.  If you miss one lecture examination, the percent score on the final will be substituted for the missed test.  You will receive a zero for each additional missed exam.  In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by me), talk to me (or phone me) BEFORE the exam and more flexible arrangements may be scheduled.  (Under those conditions the exam may be unique, and may be more difficult)  BONUS: If you take all four lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam percent grade, if the final exam grade is better.

Classroom Decorum:  Cell phones must be turned off during class.  Do NOT carry on  personal conversations once lecture has started.  Repeated offences will result in your being removed from the lecture. 

Other:  There is no policy of required attendance.  However, it is unlikely that you will earn an acceptable grade if you do not attend class regularly.  Attendance will be recorded for each lecture and will be considered in the final grade, especially in borderline cases.  Attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade.  It is important that you take complete and comprehensive notes of the lecture material.  It is also essential that you study regularly.  Non-attendance will not adversely affect your grade other than you may not  have all the material you need to answer the exam questions.

I reserve the right to drop a student for regular non-attendance or for regularly failing to turn in assignments or take exams.  Regular attendance in both lecture and lab, plus active class participation can result in a higher course grade in the case of borderline situations.

The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Disability Statement:  Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class, should register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations must provide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.

Academic misconduct statement:  You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses.  Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.

2) Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3) Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.

4) Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.

Nonacademic misconduct:  The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise.  Campus behavior that interferes with either

1) The instructor’s ability to conduct the class

2) The inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or

3) Campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated.

An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.  Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.

Sexual misconduct:  Sexual harassment of students and employers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Tentative Schedule

Lecture Date

Lecture/Laboratory Topic

Reading Assignment

Jan. 14 -

Jan. 16

Introduction to the course

Definition and scope of forensic science History and development of forensic science

Chapter 1

Jan. 19 - Jan. 20-23

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance

Professional responsibilities of the forensic scientist

Overview of various disciplines in the forensic sciences

Chapter 2

Jan. 26 - Jan. 30

Protocols in processing the crime scene

Collecting physical evidence      

Chapter 2

Feb. 2 -Feb. 6

Physical evidence

Chapter 3

Feb. 9 -Feb. 13 

Physical evidence (cont.) 

Chain of custody

Chapter 4

Feb. 16 -Feb. 20

Microscope

Hairs, Fibers, and Paint

 

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Feb. 23 - Feb. 27

Organic analysis

Chromatography

Chapter 5

Mar. 2 - Mar. 6

Inorganic Analysis

 

Chapter 6

Mar. 9 - Mar. 13

Inorganic Analysis

 

Chapter 6

Mar. 16 -Mar. 20

Spring break

 

Mar. 23 - Mar. 27

Crime Scene Analysis

Chapter 2

Mar. 30 - Apr.  3

Crime Scene Analysis Cont.

 Chapter 2

(Last Day to “Q” is 4/3)

Apr. 6 - Apr. 10

Fingerprints

Good Friday observance-no classes

Chapter 14

Apr. 13 - Apr. 17

Fingerprints cont.

 

Apr. 20 -Apr. 24

Blood Splatter Analysis

Supplement

Apr. 27 – May 1

Blood Splatter Analysis Cont.

 

May 4 - May 7

 

(Dead Week)

May  8

Study Day

 

May 9; May 11- May 15

Finals

 

 

Biology 4410 – Topics: Advanced Biology Forensic Science

Syllabus, Spring 2009

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the student with basic procedures and concepts related to forensic sciences and crime scene investigation not covered in the Biology of Forensic Science course. Topics covered include forensic entomology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and toxicology and how they are used to determine time of death, nature of death, and how they tie a suspect to a crime scene. Guest speakers from local law enforcement agencies will present in their areas of expertise. Laboratory exercises will give students hands-on experience with skills needed for evidence collection and analysis.

General Education Requirements: This course qualifies as an upper division elective.

Course prerequisites: Students should have completed Biology 4410: Biology of Forensic Science. equivalent and it is recommended that they have taken a genetics and/or molecular biology class. However, students without these classes can be admitted with permission of the instructor.

Course Objective: To increase knowledge, understanding and critical thinking ability concerning biological, chemical and physical evidence used in analyzing a crime scene, identifying a suspect and solving a crime.

Course location: BES 208

Meeting time: MWF, 12:00-12:50 p.m. (lecture); F 1 – 4 (lab)

Instructor:

Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Office: BES 205 Telephone: 361-593-3790 – email: c-galloway@tamuk.edu

Web Page: users.tamuk.edu/kfcmg00

Office Hours: 01:00-3:00 M- Th, and Monday and Wednesday from 11-12, or by appointment. Also, feel free to stop by the office at any time and if I am there I will be happy to meet with you.

 

Required Text: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Version) ninth edition by Richard Saferstein

Forensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook, Revised Edition (Paperback) by Thomas Kubic and Nicolas Petraco

Recommended Study Materials: CD included with text book, web sites recommended in class and on my web page.

Grading: Student grade will be determined in the following manner

Lecture quizzes (5) 160 points

Video summaries (4@10 pts.) 40 points

Midterm 100 points

Final Exam 200 points

Laboratory 500 points

Total 1000 points

Please keep all tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning the assigned grade in the course. Grades will be awarded as follows:

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, and less than 60% = F

The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is April 5. After April 5, you must talk to me before dropping the course. The last day to drop the course with a Q if you have a passing grade is April 30. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.

All discussion of grades will be handled in person and not over the phone or via e-mail. If you wish to know your final exam grade you may leave me a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to the end of the semester. Your final course grade may be seen on the Blue and Gold Connection by the Monday following graduation exercises.

 

 

Test day protocol

On the days of the exams you are expected to be in the class at 12:00 p.m. and under no circumstances will you be allowed to start the test if it is after 12:15 p.m. or someone has already completed the test and turned it in. You are expected to remain in class after the test has been distributed until you have completed the test and turned it in. This means go to the bathroom, get a drink, sharpen your pencil, and bring Kleenex so you will not have to leave the class. No hats will be allowed to be worn during the exam and absolutely no cell phones will be allowed on. You may be required to surrender your cell phones to me prior to the exam and pick it up when you turn in your exam. All books, papers, and personal possessions (with the exception of purses) will be placed on the podium area in BES 100 during the exam. You will also make sure that there are two empty seats between you and the people you are sitting next to. If you have questions during the test ask me, NOT THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU. If you will not be able to conform to these requirements come talk to me about your situation.

Reading Assignments/Homework: Reading assignments will be announced in class and, it is strongly recommended that you read the chapter being discussed in class prior to coming to class. The chapters covered are listed in column 2 of the schedule included in this syllabus.

Lecture Exams: The FOUR lecture quizzes will cover material presented since the previous test and will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The midterm covers information from the first half of the class and the final will cover all material presented since the start of the semester giving you the opportunity to synthesize various topics covered during the semester. Midterm and final exams will be mainly essay, short answer and the definition questions.

You are responsible for all the material presented in class and in the chapters accompanying the lectures.

You may sometimes have more than one exam scheduled during the same week or even on the same day. It will be up to you to manage your time properly to deal with such situations. Our schedule in this course is too tight to modify it to accommodate another class. If you feel you have a problem in this area, please see me WELL BEFORE the exam.

Lectures: The lectures will often cover material in addition to what is contained in the text, and will assume that you have completed any reading assignments. The notes for this class that can be found on my webpage are not all inclusive of what will be presented in class. Just reading the notes from my webpage will not guarantee you'll have all the material necessary to pass the class. In other words, COME TO CLASS!

Web Notes: You may be provided with lecture outlines prior to each chapter. These can be downloaded from Dr. Galloway’s (my) web site and are designed to assist you in note-taking during lecture. They are NOT intended to be all inclusive.

Make-up Policy: There will be NO make-ups for unexcused missed exams. If you miss one lecture examination, the percent score on the final will be substituted for the missed test. You will receive a zero for each additional missed exam. In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by me), talk to me (or phone me) BEFORE the exam and more flexible arrangements may be scheduled. (Under those conditions the exam may be unique, and may be more difficult) BONUS: If you take all four lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam percent grade, if the final exam grade is better.

Classroom Decorum: Cell phones must be turned off during class. Do NOT carry on personal conversations once lecture has started. Repeated offences will result in you being removed from the lecture.

Other: There is no policy of required attendance. However, it is unlikely that you will earn an acceptable grade if you do not attend class regularly. Attendance will be recorded for each lecture and will be considered in the final grade, especially in borderline cases. Attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade. It is important that you take complete and comprehensive notes of the lecture material. It is also essential that you study regularly.

I reserve the right to drop a student for regular non-attendance or for regularly failing to turn in assignments or take exams. Regular attendance in both lecture and lab, plus active class participation can result in a higher course grade in the case of borderline situations.

The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Disability Statement: Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class, should register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations must provide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.

Academic misconduct statement: You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct. Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.

2) Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3) Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.

4) Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.

Nonacademic misconduct: The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either

1) The instructor’s ability to conduct the class

2) The inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or

3) Campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated.

An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.

Sexual misconduct: Sexual harassment of students and employers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Tentative Schedule

Lecture Date

Lecture/Laboratory is Topic

Reading Assignment

Jan. 16 -

Jan. 18

Organic analysis

Chromatography

Chapter 5

Jan. 21 - Jan. 25

Utilization of GC, GC Mass Spec, HPLC and TLC

Supplement

Jan. 28 - Feb. 1

Questionable Documents Examination

Chapter 16

Feb. 4 -Feb. 8

   

Feb.11 -Feb.15

Drugs

Chapter 9

Feb.18 -Feb.22

Forensic Anthropology; Skeletal Remains-Determination of Sex, Age and Height

Supplement

Feb.25 – Feb. 29

Species Identification

 

Mar. 3 - Mar. 7

Forensic Odontology

 

Mar.10 - Mar.14

Estimation Of Time of Death

Forensic Entomology

 

Mar.17 -Mar.21

Spring break

Mar.24 - Mar.28

Forensic Serology

DNA

Chapter 12, 13

Mar. 31 - Apr. 4

DNA-mitochondrial

Supplement

(Last Day to "Q" is 4/3)

Apr. 7- Apr. 11

Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions

Chapter 15

Apr. 14- Apr. 18

Determined by Class

 

Apr. 21 -Apr. 25

Determined by Class

 

Apr. 28 – May 2

Determined by Class

 

May 5 - May 7

Class reports on selected projects

(Dead Week)

May 9- May 10

Finals Begin

 

May 12- May 15

Finals

 

List of Possible Laboratory Exercises

Laboratory Exercises will be selected from the list below and will coincide with lecture topics listed above. Not all of these exercises will be done in their entirety.

Experiment 4 Stereomicroscopes and Firing Pin Impressions (Tool Marks)
Experiment 19 Tool Mark Examination so
Experiment 21 Thin Layer Chromatography: Separation of Dyes in Ballpoint Pen Inks
Experiment 22 Digital Photography
Experiment 24 Forgery Detection
Experiment 26 Odonotology 1 - Is it a Bite Mark?
Experiment 27 Odonotology 2 - Bite Mark Evidence
Experiment 29 Forensic Anthropology 1 - Determining the Sex of an Unknown Person from their Skeletal Remains
Experiment 30 Forensic Anthropology 2 - Determining the Age of an Unknown Person from their Skeletal Remains
Experiment 31 Forensic Use of Digital Photography
Experiment 32 Identification of a Single Component Solvent by Gas Chromatography
Experiment 35 GC Ethyl Quantitation

 

Biology 4410 – Topics: Biology of Forensic Science

Syllabus, Fall 2008

 Course Description: 

This introductory course is designed to provide the student with the basic procedures and concepts related to forensic sciences and crime scene investigation. Topics covered include blood evidence analysis, DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, forensic botany, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and toxicology and how they are used to determine time of death, nature of death, and how they tie a suspect to a crime scene. Guest speakers from local law enforcement agencies will present in their areas of expertise.  Laboratory exercises will give students hands-on experience with skills needed for evidence collection and analysis.

 General Education Requirements:  This course qualifies as an upper division elective. 

 Course prerequisites: Students should have completed Biology 1306 or equivalent and it is recommended that they have taken a genetics and/or molecular biology class.  However, students without these classes can be admitted with permission of the instructor.

 Course Objective:  To increase knowledge, understanding and critical thinking ability concerning biological, chemical and physical evidence used in analyzing a crime scene, identifying a suspect and solving a crime. 

 Course location: BES 210 (lecture), BES 207 (Lab)

 Meeting time: MWF, 8:00- 8:50 p.m. (lecture); M 1 – 4 (lab)

 Instructor:

 Dr. Cynthia Galloway

Office:  BES 205  Telephone:  361-593-3790 – email:  c-galloway@tamuk.edu

 Web Page:  users.tamuk.edu/kfcmg00

 Office Hours: 01:00-3:00 T-F, and Monday and Wednesday from 11-12, or by appointment.  Also, feel free to stop by the office at any time and if I am there I will be happy to meet with you.

 Required Text: Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (College Version) ninth edition by Richard Saferstein  

Recommended Study Materials: CD included with text book, web sites recommended in class and on my web page.

Grading: Student grade will be determined in the following manner

Lecture quizzes (5)              200 points

Midterm                                100 points

            Final Exam                           200 points

            Laboratory                            300 points

Total                                      800 points

 

Please keep all tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning the assigned grade in the course.  Grades will be awarded as follows:

90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, and less than 60% = F

The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is October 30. After October 30, you must talk to me before dropping the course. The last day to drop the course with a Q if you have a passing grade is December 2. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.

 

 

Senate Bill 1231, passed by the Texas legislature 2007, limits the number of drops (six) that undergraduate students may accrue without a punitive grade. Undergraduates completing a high school program and enrolling in an institution of higher education prior to fall 2007 are exempt. Undergraduate students completing a high school program and enrolling in an institution of higher education for the first time or after fall semester 2007 are subject to the law. (See Catalog, pp.57+).

 

 

All discussion of grades will be handled in person and not over the phone or via e-mail.  If you wish to know your final exam grade you may leave me a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to the end of the semester.  Your final course grade may be seen on the Blue and Gold Connection by the Monday following graduation exercises.

For all exams given in this class you must bring a 100 question Scantron form and a number two pencil.  Both may be obtained from the University bookstore but a number two pencil from anywhere is acceptable.  Be sure to have your Scantron and pencil at the start of class because once the test is started you will not be allowed to leave the room except in cases of emergency.

Test day protocol

On the days of the exams you are expected to be in the class at 8:00 a.m. and under no circumstances will you be allowed to start the test if it is after 8:15 a.m. or someone has already completed the test and turned it in.  You are expected to remain in class after the test has been distributed until you have completed the test and turned it in.  This means go to the bathroom, get a drink, sharpen your pencil, and bring Kleenex so you will not have to leave the class.  No hats will be allowed to be worn during the exam and absolutely no cell phones will be allowed on.  You may be required to surrender your cell phones to me prior to the exam and pick it up when you turn in your exam.  All books, papers, and personal possessions (with the exception of purses) will be placed in the front of the room in BES 210 during the exam.  You will also make sure that there is one empty seats between you and the people you are sitting next to.  If you have questions during the test ask me, NOT THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU.  If you will not be able to conform to these requirements come talk to me about your situation. 

Reading Assignments/Homework:  Reading assignments will be announced in class and, it is strongly recommended that you read the chapter being discussed in class prior to coming to class.  The chapters covered are listed in column 2 of the schedule included in this syllabus.

Lecture Exams: The FIVE lecture quizzes will cover material presented since the previous test and will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions.  The midterm covers information from the first half of the class and the final will cover all material presented since the start of the semester giving you the opportunity to synthesize various topics covered during the semester.  Midterm and final exams will be mainly essay, short answer and definition questions.

You are responsible for all the material presented in class and in the chapters accompanying the lectures. 

You may sometimes have more than one exam scheduled during the same week or even on the same day.  It will be up to you to manage your time properly to deal with such situations.  Our schedule in this course is too tight to modify it to accommodate another class.  If you feel you have a problem in this area, please see me WELL BEFORE the exam.

Lectures:  The lectures will often cover material in addition to what is contained in the text, and will assume that you have completed any reading assignments. The notes for this class that can be found on my webpage are not all inclusive of what will be presented in class.  Just reading the notes from my webpage will not guarantee you'll have all the material necessary to pass the class.  In other words, COME TO CLASS!

Web Notes:  You may be provided with lecture outlines prior to each chapter.  These can be downloaded from Dr. Galloway’s (my) web site and are designed to assist you in note-taking during lecture.  They are NOT intended to be all inclusive.

Make-up Policy: There will be NO automatic make-ups for unexcused missed exams.  In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by me), talk to me (or phone me) BEFORE the exam and more flexible arrangements may be scheduled.  (Under those conditions the exam may be unique, and may be more difficult).

Classroom Decorum:  Cell phones must be turned off during class.  NO TEXT MESSAGING!!! Do NOT carry on  personal conversations once lecture has started.  Repeated offences will result in you being removed from the lecture. 

Other:  There is no policy of required attendance.  However, it is unlikely that you will earn an acceptable grade if you do not attend class regularly.  Attendance may be recorded for each lecture and will be considered in your final grade, especially in borderline cases.  Attendance alone does not guarantee a passing grade.  It is important that you take complete and comprehensive notes of the lecture material.  It is also essential that you study regularly. 

I reserve the right to drop a student for regular non-attendance or for regularly failing to turn in assignments or take exams.  Regular attendance in both lecture and lab, plus active class participation can result in a higher course grade in the case of borderline situations.

The university offers special workshops for students who need to improve their note taking and study skills.

Disability Statement:  Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class, should register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations must provide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.

Academic misconduct statement:  You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses.  Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty:

1) Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.

2) Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3) Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.

4) Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.

Nonacademic misconduct:  The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise.  Campus behavior that interferes with either

1) The instructor’s ability to conduct the class

2) The inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or

3) Campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated.

An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.  Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.

Sexual misconduct:  Sexual harassment of students and employers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Tentative Schedule

Lecture Date

Lecture Topic

Reading Assignment

Aug.  25 -Aug.  29

Introduction to the course

Definition and scope of forensic science History and development of forensic science

Chapter 1

Sept.  1-  Sept.  5

Labor Day Holiday-no class

Professional responsibilities of the forensic scientist

Overview of various disciplines in the forensic sciences

 

Sept.  8 - Sept.  12 

Protocols in processing the crime scene

Collecting physical evidence       

Chapter 2

Sept.  15- Sept.  19

Physical evidence

 

Chapters 3

Sept.  22-Sept.  26

Microscope

Hairs, Fibers, and Paint

Chapters 7, 8

 

 

Sept.  29-Oct.  3 

Chain of custody

Inorganic Analysis

 

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

Oct.  6 – Oct.  10

Organic analysis

Chromatography

Chapter 5

Oct.  13-Oct.  17 

Drugs

Chapter 9

Midterm

Oct.  20 -Oct.  24

Drugs

Chapter 9

Oct.  27 - Oct.  31 

 Forensic Serology

Chapter 12

Nov.  3 -Nov.  7 

DNA

Chapter 13

Nov.  10 - Nov.  14

Fingerprints

Chapter 14

 

Nov.  17- Nov.  21 

Fingerprints cont.

Chapter 14

Nov.  24-Nov.  26 

Nov.  27-28

Crime scene analysis

 

Thanksgiving Holiday-no classes

 

Dec.  1- 3 

Dec.  4

Crime scene analysis

Study Day-no classes

 

Dec.  5-6, Dec. 8-11

Final exams