H. Li

  • Dr. Li   

    Dr. Hongyan Li

    Forensic Science

    Medical Microbioloty

    Sponsor for HOSA and Chinese Club


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About Me


    Teacher: Hongyan Li MD PhD                                                                   Room: 334

    Email:hli1@houstonisd.org                                                                        Conference Period: B4


    I am very excited to explore the Forensic Science with you. To make it a successful experience, please review the syllabus carefully. Students and Parents/Guardians must sign and return the acknowledge agreement after reviewing the syllabus and grading policy.

    Course description: This course teaches science related with crime, and applies many disciplines of science such as biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and earth science, to solving crimes. Through a variety of lessons including hands-on activities, labs, and projects, students will learn about forensic career, crime scene investigation, laboratory technologies and experiments, as well as reasoning processes that permeate the field of science.


    A picture containing diagramDescription automatically generated1. A class set available in Rm334: Bertino, A. J., & Bertino, P. N. (2016). Forensic science: Fundamentals & investigations. Cengage Learning.  




    2. Every student has access of Forensic Science textbook through Canvas.houstonisd.org  -> Digital Resources ->





    Tutorial/Conferences: Tutorial and conference should be reserved through email hli1@houstonisd.org. Tutorial is available during A lunch (11:10-11:40am). Parent-teacher conference may happen during B4.  Reservation is required.

    During the school year 2022-2023, we will focus on the following chapters:

    Fall Semester 2022

    Spring Semester 2023

    Cycle 1:

    Chapter 1 Forensic Science Introduction and observation skills

    Chapter 2 The Crime Scene

    Chapter 21 Careers in Forensic Science

    Cycle 1 project – career explore


    Cycle 4:

    Chapter 9 Forensic Toxicology

    Chapter 10 Handwriting analysis, forgery, and counterfeiting

    Chapter 11 Forensic Entomology

    Cycle 4 project – toxicology and celebrity

    Cycle 2:

    Chapter 3 Hair

    Chapter 4 A study of fibers and textiles

    Chapter 6 fingerprints

    Cycle 2 Project – serial killer in cereal box

    Unit 5:

    Chapter 12 Death: Manner, Mechanism, Cause

    Chapter 14 Forensic Anthropology

    Chapter 16 Casts and Impressions

    Cycle 5 Project – death manner debate

    Cycle 3:

    Chapter 7 DNA Profiling

    Chapter 8 Blood and blood spatter

    Cycle 3 Project – create crime investigation video


    Cycle 6:

    Chapter 18 – Firearms and Ballistics

    Chapter 19 - Computer Forensics and Mobile Device Forensics

    Cycle 6 Project – Crime in shoebox


    Note: This syllabus is subject to change based on the needs of the class.






    INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Li                                                                               

    Conference:  B4

    Email: hli1@houstonisd.org



    1-1/2 or 2 inch three-ring binder with plastic covers front and back

    Pen and pencil, highlighter

     Dividers, loose leaf paper 

     Three-hole pencil pouch

     Lab Item TBA 




    https://openstax.org/details/books/microbiology - access to Microbiology textbook. Download it and save it in your device.

    https://learn.aeseducation.com/#/ - access to CCMA study material and assignments. Due days apply.

    http://www.nhanow.com/certifications.aspx - access to CCMA study material and certification test.

    Every student will have access to the TEA notes (digital copy available in our Canvas course folder)




    This course covers two semesters, which means everyone needs to learn this course for Fall and Spring semesters. Medical Microbiology provides an overview of the field of microbiology. Students build their knowledge of medical microbiology by engaging into projects, class activities, labs, and group work.  


    In addition, we work very hard for the entire school year to prepare students for the CCMA certificate test. All students are expected to take CCMA certification test for major grades in Spring semester. Intensive study is required to be able to pass the CCMA certification test. Student’s effort and dedication will be graded and included in the GPA calculation. Students and parents should think about this requirement and decide if the student really wants to be in this class before the schedule changing deadline.


    The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

    The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant is an unlicensed, multi-skilled healthcare practitioner who is competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. As a CCMA you may perform some or all the following tasks:


    • Interview patients
    • Measure and record vital signs
    • Prepare exam rooms
    • Clean and sterilize medical equipment
    • Administer injections, as well as topical or oral medications
    • Perform venipuncture and point-of-care testing



    Follow Cell Phone/Smart Watch or any Electronic devices Policy in DeBakey HSHP student handbook. Cell Phones/Smart Watch or any Electronic devices cannot be in the student’s possession during any tests or quizzes. Cell Phones usage in the classroom is up to the teacher’s discretion. 




    Medical Microbiology Content


    Unit 1: Introduction to Microbiology

    Introduction to Medical Microbiology


    Unit 2: Laboratory Safety and Infection Control

    Laboratory Safety

    Laboratory Basics

    Standard Precautions for the Laboratory

    Quality Control

    Nosocomial Antibiotic Resistant Organisms


    Unit 3: History of Medical Microbiology

    History of Microbiology


    Unit 4: The Immune Response

    Immunity and Vaccinations


    Unit 5: Microorganisms


    Introduction to Virology

    Streaking and Agar Plate

    Introduction to Mycology

    Introduction to Parasitology

    Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease


    Unit 6: Concepts of Medical Microbiology

    Critical Thinking

    Analysis of Current Infection Control Measures

    Bacteria Growth Characteristics

    The Growth of Microorganisms


    Unit 7: Laboratory Investigations and Identification of Causative Agents

    The Gram-stain

    Urease Testing

    Catalase and Oxidase Testing

    Coagulase Testing

    Mystery Growth Laboratory Practical

    Case Study Laboratory Investigation



    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Content



    Ch1. Health care systems and settings

    • The Health Assistant 7hr
    • Medical Office Assistant 4hr
    • Insurance & Coding 4hr

    Cycle 1 Test grade 1


    Ch 2. Medical Terminology

    • Medical Terminology 4hr


    Ch 3. Basic pharmacology

    • Medical Assisting Pharmacology 4hr
    • Medical Mathematics 6hr

    Cycle 1 Test grade 2


    Ch 4. Nutrition

    • Nutrition and Elimination 7hr


    Ch 5. Psychology

    • Human Growth & Development 5hr
    • Special Populations 7hr
    • Wellness & Nutrition 4hr


    Ch 6. Body structures and organ systems

    • Anatomy & Physiology 13hr


    Ch 7. Pathophysiology and disease processes

    • Health Care Systems 16hr


    Ch 8. Microbiology

    • Infection Control 16hr


    Ch 9. General Patient Care


    Part 1 Grade

    • Physical Exams 12hr
    • Communications 18hr
    • Client Status 12hr
    • Ambulatory Surgery 11hr


    Part 2 Grade

    • Emergency Care 13hr
    • CPR 12.5hr
    • The Surgical Patient 16hr
    •  Body Mechanics 16hr


    Ch 10. Infection control

    • Safety Precautions 9hr
    • Office Equipment 9hr


    Ch 11. Testing and Laboratory Procedures

    • Specimen Collection & Testing


    Ch 12. Phlebotomy

    • Phlebotomy


    Ch 13. EKG and Cardiovascular Testing

    •  Electrocardiography


    Ch 14. Patient Care Coordination and Education

    • Appointments


    Ch 15. Administrative Assisting

    • Medical Records


    Ch 16. Communication and Customer Service

    Part 1 Grade

    • Customer Service
    • Telephone Etiquette
    • Health Information Technology
    • Accounting

    Part 2 Grade

    • Preparatory EMT
    • Preparatory
    • Diversity
    • Written Communication


    Ch 17. Medical Law and Ethics

    • Legal & Ethical


    Health Science

    Grading and Conduct Policy


    1. GRADES    
    1. Cheating will not be tolerated, and all penalties will be strictly enforced.  See Code of Conduct.
    2. Late work will have 30 points deducted from the score the work would have earned had it been turned in on time.   A zero will be recorded for work turned in more than 2 school days after the assignment was originally due.
    1.  Policy for 22-23 Freshmen regarding late work:
      1. In cycle 1, work turned in one class day late will incur a 10-point penalty
      2. In cycle 2, work turned in one class day late will incur a 20-point penalty
      3. In cycles 3 and beyond, work turned in once class day late will incur the standard 30-point penalty
      4. Work turned in more than one class day late will earn the standard zero
      5. This applies only to 22-23 freshmen.
    1. Broken or damaged supplies due to student negligence will be paid for by the student.
    2. If you were absent for any daily work or quizzes, it is your responsibility to arrange and complete make up work within five (5) days.  Consult with your teacher to create a plan for making up missing work in the allotted time. Major exams will be made up during the next class meeting if possible or at the soonest time agreed upon by the student and instructor. Failing to make up the missed work will lead to a permanent zero in your grade book.
    3. A comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of each rotation or semester.
    4. If a student receives a failing grade on a major grade, he/she may request a re-do or re-take of the assignment/test.
    1. The request must be made in writing to the instructor on the day the failing major grade was issued.
    2. The re-do/re-take must be completed within two school days of receiving the failing grade.
    3. The re-do/re-take score will be an average of the original and new score with a maximum possible score not to exceed 70.  Regardless of the average of the two scores, a student will not earn a grade higher than a 70 for a re-take/re-do.
    4. Re-do/ re-takes are not allowed for non-major grades, common assessments, or for any major grade that is administered in the last week of any grading cycle.
    5. The re-do/retake can only be done before school, after school, or during lunch Monday through Thursday for in-person setting   the redo/retake will be conducted via a plan agreed upon by you and the instructor. If we revert to a totally online setting, a retake can be scheduled at a time and in a manner agreed upon by you and your teacher.
    1. All tests, quizzes and Scantrons are never to leave the classroom nor should they, in whole or in part, be copied/recorded in any manner via online administration (photo/video/hand recorded/verbally shared/any other means). These items are part of official records that are kept on file. Review of any test or quiz can be arranged with your instructor.
    2. All students are different, and each has their own way of learning.  Therefore, several methods will be used to evaluate a student’s performance.   Grade breakdown will be as follows:
      1. 40%    Tests
      2. 30%    Projects and Major Classwork
      3. 20%    Quizzes
      4. 10%    Participation/Warmups/Engagement

    *Note on Engagement/Warmups/Professionalism Grade:  This 10% of your overall grade will be determined by your participation in classroom activities and completion of work apart from substantial assignments.  Short assignments, videos, warm-ups, surveys, brainstorming activities, and games are examples of what will fall under this category. You are expected to demonstrate professional standards and employability skills such as the ability to cooperate, contribute and collaborate as a member of a team (our classroom).  Behavior that detracts from the team’s ability to conduct business and be productive may cause you to lose points from assignments in this category.  



    1. Tardy Policy (Per Semester)


           Being Tardy will not affect numerical grades, however it will affect your conduct gradeYou must be in your assigned seat when the tardy bell rings.  If you are not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings, you must obtain a permit from the office in order to enter the classroom.    TARDY POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!  The tardy policy as indicated on the DeBakey HSHP website. 

    Offense                                            Consequence  


    *1st Unexcused Tardy                                     Warning – sign tardy log

    *2nd Unexcused Tardy                                    ½ hour after-school detention (Thursday)

    *3rd Unexcused Tardy                                    1 hour after-school detention (Thursday) – Written notification to student and parent


    *4th Unexcused Tardy                                     2 hours Saturday detention

                                                                            Required parent conference

                                                                            Growth Plan

    *5th Unexcused Tardy                                     Detention during an in-school activity (i.e., Fall Festival, Talent Show, etc…)

                                                                            Parent Notification

                                                                            Disciplinary Probation (with requisite office conduct of “P”)

    *6th Unexcused Tardy                                     Disciplinary Probation


    A. Safety Violations

                1.   Unauthorized or improper handling of instruments or equipment or supplies.

                2.   Failure to wear proper attire on daily basis (i.e., lab coat, standardize school attire, proper shoes etc.).

                3.   Failure to follow safety instructions given by teacher.

                4.   Failure to replace equipment and supplies in their designated areas.

                5.   Failure to clean up immediate surroundings and laboratory work areas.

                6.   Failure to disinfect all contaminated areas.

       B. General Violations

                7.   Failure to bring required items: books, laptops, and notebooks to class on a daily basis.

                8.   Failure to take required notes.

                9.   Failure to participate in class activities.

                10. Failure to follow teacher’s instructions on assignments (including working on outside assignments).



    III. Conduct

           Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Conduct is a separate grade.  Points will not be taken from your numerical grade for conduct violations, however poor conduct grades will prevent you from running for elected offices, going on clinical rotations and field trips, receiving scholarships and being accepted into AP classes.  Continued conduct violations will result in dismissal from this school.  CONDUCT POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!


    The following is a list of the most common conduct violations that are listed on the conduct log. After 3 conduct violations the student will receive an “S” in conduct.  After 4 conduct violations the student will receive a “P” in conduct and be sent to the office for discipline. After 5 or more conduct violations student will be sent to the office for discipline. Punishment may include parent conference, detention, office “P” or “U”, probation, and review for exit.  Please note that any one offense can be so egregious as to trigger a drop in conduct or official disciplinary action.

    Common Violations


    a.            Failure to be in assigned seat (including leaving class without permission, & not signing out to leave)

    b.           Use of insensitive/profane language

    c.            Chewing gum, eating, or drinking in class

    d.           Applying makeup or combing hair in class

    e.            Sleeping in class or putting your head down or feet up on desk 

    f.            Talking while test is in progress

    g.           Writing or passing notes while teacher is lecturing

    h.           Talking while teacher is lecturing or others are presenting (raise your hand if you wish to speak)

    i.            Horseplay or game-playing (of any variety)


    j.            Talking too much or too loudly

    k.           Disrespecting Instructor or others (this includes taking items off teacher’s desk without permission)

    l.            Failure to return required parent signature documents. (I.e. policy acknowledgement form, progress reports etc.).

    m.          Failure to follow class policy on cell phones and electronic devices

    n.           Failure to follow all cyber safety rules

    o.           Other offense (See Student handbook)



    Common Violations in Online Settings

    1. Appearing on camera in an incomplete or inappropriate state of dress
    2. Engaging in inappropriate behaviors verbally and/or visually
    3. Willfully allowing audio or visual of someone else engaging in inappropriate behaviors or in a state of undress
    4. Allowing non-class participants into an online meeting
    5. Disruption of online activities
    6. Impeding the efforts of the instructor and/or other participants (muting, dropping from meeting, interruption with the intent to impede, etc)
    7. Using a false excuse for not attending class at the prescribed time. It is understood that genuine schedule conflicts may exist for students. You are strongly encouraged to discuss with your teacher any reasons that may prevent you from attending during class so he/she can be of the greatest assistance in developing a plan that works for you.
    8. Online bullying, intimidation, harassment, shaming or any other negative or hostile interactions with other students, faculty, or staff.


    Expected Remote Learning Behaviors

          1. Be on time
          2. Make sure you are in a quite environment-free of distractions
            1. Turn off TVs, music, etc.
          3. Your focus should be on class
            1. Students should not engage in activities that are not related to the lesson/course
          4. Dress in school-appropriate attire
          5. Be seated upright, preferably on a chair and at a table
          6. Keep your camera on at all times
          7. Mute your audio
            1. Raise your virtual hand, wait until your teacher calls on you, then unmute yourself
          8. Chat is for questions/comments relevant to course content
            1. Remember that this is public and a record of the chat is kept and archived.
          9. Create accounts on apps and join meetings using only your HISD email

    Ex: S1234567@houstonisd.org You will not be able to attend meetings as a “guest”

          1. Open communication in a timely manner with instructor if you are not attending class synchronously. Be proactive and clear in your communication.
          2. Kind and respectful conduct toward others audibly, visually, and in written form.