Continuing Education Program: Crime Scene Investigation Track

Overview

The Crime Scene Investigation Track is a compilation of online courses that cover a variety of topics necessary in the investigation of crime scenes. Students will take individual courses that include: Crime Scene Investigation, Introduction to Forensic Photography, and Perspectives in Expert Testimony. Also, students will choose one related elective course from the following: Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Reconstruction, Principles of Death Investigation, and Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene. After the courses are completed, students will then be enrolled in the capstone portion of the track. The capstone is a mechanism utilized to test the comprehensive knowledge gained by completing the track and includes a virtual crime scene assignment as well as a final assessment, where topics from all courses will be covered.

The student has one year to complete the track requirements.

Cost: $500.00

Objectives

Upon completion of this track the student will be able to:

  • Create a properly documented crime scene report
  • Evaluate the different kinds of evidence that can be found at crime scenes and their importance
  • Apply the various methods of evidence collection/preservation and chain of custody
  • Understand how to effectively communicate findings in a court of law

Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit track offering ILUs. (What is ILU?)  Each track has a different amount of ILUs based on what elective you take. If you would like to know the ILU value for the track you are taking please contact the track manager: Kelly Ayers (kelly.ayers@mail.wvu.edu)

 

Students will have until February 28, 2015, to complete the track. The track cost is $500.00 per registration. A proof of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting track requirements.

Requirements

The Crime Scene Investigation Track requires the completion of four courses.  The following online courses are mandatory:

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Photography
  • Perspectives in Expert Testimony

The last course must be one of the following electives:

  • Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Evidence Analysis:  Beyond the Crime Scene
  • Shooting Reconstruction
  • Principles of Death Investigation

Once all the courses are completed, the track manager will email students asking if they are ready to take the Crime Scene Capstone.  The Crime Scene Capstone requires students to properly document a virtual crime scene and complete a comprehensive final assessment.  There are two different ways students will be asked to document the virtual crime scene.  The first will be general documentation required by a crime scene investigator as taught in the Crime Scene, Photography, and Testimony courses and the second will be dependent upon and specific to the elective the student chooses.  Students will then complete an assessment where questions will be taken from each of the four courses in the track.

Prerequisites

One of the elective courses, "Principles of Death Investigation", requires instructor approval for registration. If you will take this course, please fill out and submit the Instructor Approval Form. You will be notified when you are approved for registration. Registrations without pre-approval may not be accepted.

A printable version of the course content for each class is available in PDF format in each course library for future reference. The printable versions of the courses will also be available in the library section of the capstone. Course readings are also available in PDF format.

Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Quicktime
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Java

There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the courses.

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

All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/

Instructor Information

Kelly Ayers is an instructional coordinator with Forensic & Investigative Science Outreach. Prior to coming to WVU, 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 responsible for instructing several continuing education courses, courses in the Forensic & Investigative Science Minor, and crime scene related on site courses. Contact:  kelly.ayers@mail.wvu.edu  304-293-0323


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.
Contact:  samantha.neal@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-5836

Track Manager Information

Application and Registration Information

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 apply. If you register incorrectly, Continuing & Professional Education reserves the right to collect the processing fee from you.

 

Registration Steps:
  •  For those taking Principles of Death Investigation, fill out the Instructor Approval Form and submit online for approval. Once approved, you may advance to the following steps.

Refund Policy:
All requests for cancellations/refunds must be in writing. Requests must be made within one week from when the class access information was emailed to the student. Email your request to WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu or mail your request to: WVU Continuing & Professional Education, P.O. Box 6800, Morgantown, WV, 26506.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  What is the Capstone?

     Answer:  The capstone is like a final exam.  It is to test your knowledge on all the courses you have completed.  The capstone is made up of three separate parts.  There are two different documentation assignments worth 10 points each and a 50 point final assessment.  You must get an 80% or better on each to pass.  Only one attempt will be allowed on the capstone.

Question:  When can I register/apply?

     Answer:  Applications will be accepted year round.

Question:  Do I have to register for all courses in a track at once?

     Answer:  While you will be enrolled in all the classes at once, you will have one year to complete them all including the capstone.

Question:  If I already have taken a course that is included in the track, will I still get credit or have to retake?

     Answer:  If you have completed the course within the past two semesters, your course will count toward the track and will not have to retake.

Question:  If I have taken all of the courses in a track already, do I get another proof of completion automatically?

     Answer:  If you have completed all courses in a track within the previous two semesters, you will be eligible to take the Crime Scene Capstone.  Upon successful completion of the capstone, you will receive a proof of completion for the track.

Question:  Since I am given a year to complete the track, what happens if the semester ends and I haven't completed all of the course work?

     Answer:  You will be automatically enrolled into the next semester.

Question:  When will the capstone be available?

     Answer:  Once you complete all courses successfully, the track manager will request access to the capstone on your behalf.

Question:  Will we be granted extensions?

     Answer:  No, students in the tracks will be given one year to complete all courses, including the capstone.

Question:  Who do I contact with questions about the courses?

     Answer:  For questions about the course such as grades and what you need to complete the course, you will need to contact the course instructor.  For specific questions regarding the capstone, you will contact the track manager.

Question:  Who do I contact with questions about the track?

     Answer:  If you have questions about the capstone and what you need to complete in order to take the capstone, please contact the track manager.

Question:  How do I know I have successfully completed a course and/or the track?

     Answer:  You must earn at least 80% on all assessments and assignments (in every course and capstone) in order to have successfully completed the track.  Once you have completed the courses and capstone, the track manager will send you information on how you will receive your certificate of completion.

Question:  Will I still receive a proof of completion for all the courses I complete in addition to the track proof of completion?

     Answer:  Yes, you will receive a proof of completion for each course you complete.

Question:  How long will I have access to the courses I am taking?

     Answer:  You will lose access to the course content at the end of the semester in which you completed the course.  Make sure you download the printable course content so that you will have all the information available when taking the capstone.  PDFs of the courses will also be available in the capstone library section.

Question:  Will I receive credits for the track?

     Answer:  The track is still non-credit, but you will receive ILU's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration Information 

Register Online by adding your course to cart through our secure server. Or fill out this form and fax or mail it to Extended Learning. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

Check our FAQ and Refund Policy for refund and class access information.

Testimonials

Rachel Haderer

I have a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Chemistry with a minor in Criminal Justice from York College of PA. I am currently working for Baltimore County as a Forensic Services Technician. I enrolled in the crime scene track in order to sharpen the skills and understanding in my work as well as to provide proof of my continued knowledge.


Each course was interesting and provided valuable information. The Bloodstain course was a great refresher from previous seminars and education I had. We do not get bloodstain training at our facility, so it is nice to say that I have some knowledge in the area. The Photography course was useful in better understanding the workings of the technology that I use on a daily basis. Previously I was taught what to photograph and how to do it, but I did not have a good understanding of how it all worked. The Expert Testimony and Crime Scene courses were almost all review for me. I am very happy that I took the time to engage in this coursework, and I plan on taking additional courses in order to continue my knowledge expansion.