Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene discusses basic principles and procedures used in the forensic laboratory. It is designed to help the investigator or laboratory examiner understand instrumentation, standards and methods currently used, and the fundamental concepts of the laboratory environment, including the examination of evidence. The content not only addresses practices and methods, it also identifies the proper handling of evidence and precautions that should be utilized in the laboratory environment. After this introductory level course the student should understand the fundamentals of a forensic laboratory.
Cost: $0-225. This course takes 15 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.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 15 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: Introduction
Unit 2: Laboratory Considerations
Unit 3: Fingerprint Processing and Evaluation
Unit 4: Trace Evidence
Unit 5: Firearms and Ammunition
Unit 6: Impression Evidence
Unit 7: Arson and Explosives
Unit 8: Biological Material
Unit 9: Drugs and Toxicology
Unit 10: Computer Forensics
Unit 11: Questioned Documents Examination
There are no prerequisites for this course. 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.
Why was a correct answer on a quiz, marked incorrect?
Answer: Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer. However each quiz will be reviewed by the instructor in order to double check the system. The instructor is able to update your grade if necessary.
Do I have to respond to the discussion questions?
Answer: Yes, all discussion questions for this course are required and are graded.
Who do I contact if I’m having problems with the course?
Can I look at the material while taking the quiz?
Answer: Yes, the quiz open in a new window so you can review the course information.
There are free software plug-ins 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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Robin Bowen is the Assistant Director for the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops scientific resources, outreach opportunities, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities include coordination of continuing education programs, management of grant funded projects, and correspondence of progress to the National Institute of Justice. Bowen is the author of Ethics and the Practice of Forensic Science. She is a former advisory member of the Outreach and Communication Interagency Working Group (IWG) under the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee (NSTC) on Forensic Science. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for the revised edition of Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Bowen is the primary developer of the Forensic Educational Alliance, an initiative to offer a variety of forensic science continuing education courses online. She has an undergraduate degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences and a graduate degree in Secondary Science Education. Robin is the online course instructor for Ethics in Forensic Science, Fibers and Textiles for Forensic Science, and Transition to Leadership. Contact: Robin.Bowen@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-6214
Kelly Ayers is a curriculum developer with the Forensic Science Initiative. Prior to joining FSI, Kelly was employed as a forensic services technician with the Asheville, NC Police Department. While there, she was qualified as an expert in forensic identification in North Carolina Superior Court and was published in the Journal of Forensic Identification. She has an undergraduate degree with a double major in Philosophy and Biology from Frostburg (Maryland) State University and was the first graduate of the West Virginia University Forensic Identification Program. Since joining FSI, Kelly has become an IAI Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and received her Master of Science in Forensic Science Administration from Oklahoma State University. She is a native of Romney, WV. Contact: email@example.com 304-293-0323
Please read below to determine your eligibility. If you have any eligibility questions please contact Forensic Science Initiative at FSI@mail.wvu.edu BEFORE you register. Registration is accepted year-round for this course.