This course has been designed to give students the basic understanding of how IBIS is used as an investigative tool for solving gun-related crimes. The units within this course will cover a brief history on firearm identification, the methods of bullet and cartridge case identification, and the uses of IBIS for acquiring ballistics evidence.
Cost: $125.00. This course takes 15 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This is a non-credit course offering 3.54 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. The course cost is $125.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: History of the Advancements in Firearm Identification
Unit 2: Identification of Cartridge Cases and Bullets
Unit 3: Overview of IBIS and NIBIN
Unit 4: The Fundamentals of Evidence Acquisition
Unit 5: Correlation and Comparison Procedures
Unit 6: Civil Applications
Unit 7: Other Tools and Technology
Unit 8: Standards
Unit 9: Success and Setbacks
Unit 10: Evidence Acquisition
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 IBIS system is not required for this course.
Do I need to have access to an IBIS?
Answer: No. The course is set up so that any part of the system you may need to view, you can through provided animations and screen shots.
Are discussion posts required?
Answer: Yes, all the discussion posts in this course are required.
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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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-293-5836
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