PCC File and Autopsy Presence

For this assignment, you will be putting together what you know so far about the circumstances surrounding Chelsie Vapolt’s death and generating hypotheses about the cause of death and the prime suspect.

Step 1: Answer the questions

For this assignment, you will need to refer back to the case file and to the autopsy report.

  1. Draw a character web showing how the victim is related to the individuals interviewed in the case file.
  2. Create a timeline of the important events leading up to the victim’s death.
  3. Based on the autopsy (you may wish to go back to the Softchalk and/or do some Googling):
    • Were any abnormalities noted in the autopsy? If so, describe them and research what may have caused them. Be sure to cite your sources.
    • What was the cause of death? What evidence supports this conclusion?
  4. Who is your prime suspect at this point? What was his/her motive?

Step 2: Submit your assignment

You will need to upload a .pdf. I would recommend using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) or using Google Docs. You can insert your images directly into your document, save it as a pdf, and upload it here.

Grading

To see how this assignment will be graded, scroll down to view the grading rubric. If no rubric is visible, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of this page, then click “Show Rubric”. If you’re reviewing this assignment using the Canvas mobile app, the rubric is included in the Grade tab.

Note: While I am not specifically grading you on your spelling or grammar, scientific communication is an important skill. Please proofread and spellcheck before submitting to ensure that your ideas come across clearly. Up to 10% may be deducted for excessive grammar and spelling errors that affect the readability of your work.

Useful Resources

Creating Timelines

You may sketch a timeline by hand, take a picture, and add it to your document. Alternatively, you can create your timeline digitally. Here are two free tools that you may find helpful: Adobe Spark Timeline Maker (Links to an external site.) and Timeline Creator (Links to an external site.) (requires flash).

Creating Character Web

You may sketch the character web by hand, take a picture, and add it to your document. Alternatively, you can create your character web digitally. A free tool that you may find helpful is Popplet (Links to an external site.).

Rubric

Online CSI Part 1

Online CSI Part 1

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCharacter Web

4 pts

Complete

Character web clearly depicts all of the people interviewed in the case file and their relationship to the victim.

3 pts

Good

Character web is complete but not all relationships are clear

2 pts

Incomplete

Character web is incomplete

0 pts

No Marks

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTimeline

4 pts

Excellent

Timeline depicts all relevant events noted in the case file and put them in clear chronological order leading up to the time of death.

3 pts

Good

Timeline includes relevant events, but needs further detail, or chronology is not entirely clear.

2 pts

Incomplete

Time line is missing events or times

0 pts

No Marks

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAutopsy

8 pts

Excellent

Abnormalities from the autopsy are noted and clearly explained with sources cited. Logical hypothesis for the cause of death is determined based on the evidence presented in the autopsy and outside research. Explanations are detailed, insightful, and supported by evidence.

7 pts

Good

Abnormalities from the autopsy are noted and explained with sources cited. Logical hypothesis for the cause of death is determined based on the evidence presented in the autopsy and outside research. Explanations are logical, but may require more detail or contain minor errors

5 pts

Developing

Abnormalities from the autopsy are noted and explained. Hypothesis for the cause of death is determined. Explanations lack specificity, or are not fully supported by evidence from the autopsy or outside sources.

4 pts

Incomplete

Cause of death either not determined or not supported by evidence

0 pts

No Marks

8 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePrime Suspect

2 pts

Full Marks

A prime suspect and his/her motive is identified.

1 pts

Incomplete

Motive is missing.

0 pts

No Marks

2 pts

Total Points: 18

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