Automated Fingerprint Identification System

Overview

The goals of this course are twofold: to have the student understand the operations of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS); and to understand opportunities to improve the cause of justice using the power of AFIS systems. Students will be taught the key elements of AFIS systems, actions and data that can affect outcome, and opportunities to make more identifications.

Cost: $150.00. This course takes 15 Hours to complete, on average. (Available Spring 2015)

The goal of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System course is to have students understand the operations of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Students will be introduced to the key elements of AFIS systems, actions and data that can affect outcome, and opportunities to make more identifications. The course is designed as an introductory level course.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the need for classification systems  
  • Describe the major AFIS databases
  • Describe the best locations for minutiae placement
  • Discuss how tenprint records enter AFIS   
  • Discuss why the latent print examiner, not AFIS, makes the latent print ident 
  • Describe the need for fingerprint standards

Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit course offering 3.72 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. The course cost is $150.00 per registration.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.  (AVAILABLE SPRING 2015)

Table of Contents

Unit 1: History of Fingerprints
Unit 2: Classification Systems
Unit 3: AFIS Overview
Unit 4: Minutiae Placement
Unit 5: Tenprint Record Processing
Unit 6: Latent Print Processing
Unit 7: Palm Print Overview
Unit 8: Forensic and Civil Applications Overview
Unit 9: Standards
Unit 10: Other Biometrics Overview
Unit 11: AFIS Current Challenges
Unit 12: SWOT Analysis
Unit 13: Acquisition and Testing (Optional)

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Access to an AFIS system is not required for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have access to an AFIS system for this course?

Answer: No, you will not need to have access to an AFIS system to take the course. Although knowledge of how an AFIS operates would be beneficial when taking this course, it is not necessary.

Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • QuickTime
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Java

(Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.)

Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

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Instructor Information



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