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: $0-225. This course takes 23 Hours to complete, on average.
Fall Term starts 8/1/2013 and ends 2/28/2014.
Registration Starts 7/15/2013 and ends 12/14/2013.
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.
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 23 hours. The course cost is $225 per registration (with the exception of public lab employees, law enforcement, public attorneys, and federal employees – please see "Registration Information" below). A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
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)
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.
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(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.
Samantha Neal is the Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops research, scientific resources, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities are the development and coordination of online continuing education courses in forensic science and continuing education programs. She has undergraduate degrees in both Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Chemistry.
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Alicia Holman is a Forensic Project Coordinator with the Forensic Science Initiative. She joined FSI in 2007 as a student worker and has since received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Investigations at West Virginia University. Alicia is currently overseeing a grant which will present defense and prosecuting attorneys the opportunity to learn more about the basic precepts of forensic science.
Please read below to determine your eligibility. If you have any eligibility questions please contact Forensic Science Initiative at FSI@mail.wvu.eduBEFORE you register. Registration is accepted year-round for this course.
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