Fibers and Textiles for Forensic Scientists is offered to familiarize forensic service providers, both laboratory personnel and crime scene/law enforcement staff, with textiles as they relate to forensic science. The course will be beneficial to those with minimal experience looking to increase their knowledge of fibers and textile science. In addition, the experienced trace examiner will be able to learn some textile-specific information while reviewing concepts such as microscopy, fiber types, fabric construction, and color issues. The course combines intermediate information with the basic foundation of fibers and textile.
Cost: $0-225. This course takes 20 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:
Determine why is it important for forensic examiners to understand the science of textiles
Discuss the basics of various types of textile fibers
Discuss the various types of fabric construction
Discuss the polarized light microscope and its uses for fiber examination
Explain why color consistency is important to scientists and textile manufacturers
Describe types of dyes, pigments, finishes, and processes
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 3.66 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is roughly 20 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: Forensic Examination Overview
Unit 2: Textile Production
Unit 3: Microscopy
Unit 4: Animal Fibers
Unit 5: Natural Fibers
Unit 6: Manufactured Fibers
Unit 7: Color
Unit 8: Pigments and Dyes
Unit 9: Finishes
Unit 10: Textile Labels
Unit 11: End Use and Significance
OPTIONAL UNIT: Chemical Properties of Fibers
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.
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Sarah is a Instructional Coordinator with Forensic Science Initiative. She has a Bachelor's in Biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Sarah has also earned her Master's in Forensic Science from Towson University. During her graduate studies, Sarah was involved in research funded by the NIJ. The project focused on finding new serological tests using DNA as the substrate. Her responsibilities include assisting with online classes, developing a relationship with vendors, and helping with training. Sarah is a native of Wyckoff, NJ. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-293-9540.
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