Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination was designed to discuss basic principles and procedures used in the latent print section of the forensic laboratory. The course provides an overview of the types of substrates, development techniques, and examination process that are currently seen and used in the latent print discipline. The content not only addresses practices and methods, but includes the proper handling and preservation of latent print evidence. Also, the course describes how examiners should present themselves and latent print evidence during courtroom testimony.
Cost: $175.00. This course takes 34 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This is a non-credit course offering 5.74 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 34 hours. The course cost is $175.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: What is a Latent Print?
Unit 2: Pattern Types and Ridges
Unit 3: Development Techniques for Latent Prints
Unit 4: Substrate Analysis
Unit 5: Distortion of Latent Prints
Unit 6: Preservation and Packaging
Unit 7: ACE-V
Unit 8: Expert Testimony
Registration for this course requires the completion of Forensic Science Initiative’s “Science of Fingerprints” online course or the equivalent. If you register for this course before completing “Science of Fingerprints” or equivalent, your registration will be placed on hold until you complete the prerequisite course. Please contact the instructor, Kelly Ayers, if you have questions about an equivalent to the "Science of Fingerprints".
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.
There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.
Basic computer skills are 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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com, 304-293-5836
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.
I’m having problems viewing the images of the prints in the assignment. How do I make them better?
Answer: You can print off all the latent and exemplar prints to view them better. If this does not work, then save each image individually and re-open the image Windows Photo Viewer.
Registration is accepted year-round for this course. Click on the "Register Now" button at the top to register online through our secure server. 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.
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