Forensic Science Pre-AP Syllabus

Forensic Science Pre-AP

Course Syllabus 2017-2018


Course Goals

  • To provide a broad spectrum of biological sciences, technology, engineering, and other related disciplines.

  • To understand how to analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence.

  • To be an advanced preparation course for students who may pursue a career in a health related or criminology field.

Classroom Policy

The best policy is for both the teacher and the student to uphold a high standard of achievement and work ethic.  To follow through with this, we all must respect each other and be prepared to work at all times.  As a high school student, you are expected to work hard and take responsibility for your own actions.  In other words, you are expected to do your own work and participate in this class.  Please come prepared to class each day with your supplies and a positive attitude.


Each student will need the following supplies by WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30, 2017.

  • 1 package college-ruled paper (150 sheets)

  • 1 composition book (college-ruled, 200 pages/100 sheets)

  • 1 folder with brads & pockets

  • Blue or black ink pen (for all assignments)

  • Pencil

  • Colored pencils

  • Elmer’s Glue (preferably not a glue stick)

Sharyland ISD Grading Policy

Grading Category



Major Assignments

Tests, research papers, projects/presentations, essays, etc.


Minor Assignments

Daily work, journals, homework, quizzes, etc.

40 %

Make up Work/Late Work/Retests (As per Sharyland ISD handbook):

Students with an excused absence from school (including off-campus suspension) will have the opportunity to make up missed work at the rate of one day for one day missed, with a maximum of five days. Students who are absent but had prior notice of a major or minor assignment must complete the assignment on the first day back to school. Student will receive a zero for any major or minor assignment not made up within the allotted time.

Students with an unexcused absence may not make up missed work; however, if the unexcused absence is determined to be caused by an extenuating circumstance, makeup work may be allowed. The grade for the makeup work will be no higher than a 70.

All students will be given 3 additional days to make up a major assignment if late (with a progressive grade penalty of 10 points per day). All students will be given up to 3 additional school days to redo a failing major assignment, but the grade will be no higher than a 70.


Statement for Academic Dishonesty:


Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of our school. No student shall cheat or copy the work of another. Plagiarism, the use of another person’s original ideas or writings as one’s own without giving credit to the true author, will be considered cheating, and the student will be subject to academic discipline that may include loss of credit for the work in question.

Electronic Devices

Sharyland Pioneer High School implements a BYOD (bring your own device) policy.  When given permission, students will be allowed to use electronic devices for educational purposes only.  As a classroom, the cell phone policy will be “OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND”.  Unless permission is given, all electronic devices should be turned off and in the student's backpack.  If a student is on their electronic device or has their device on their desk without permission, the device will be confiscated.

Teacher’s Contact Information:

Name: Mrs. Kandi Helle Phone: (956) 271-1600 Email:

Room Number: 221 Conference: 1st Block (8:07-9:37)

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