This online course is being offered as an introductory level course designed to give the student a basic understanding of firearm and toolmark identification. The units found within this course will cover the history of firearm and ammunition development, classification of firearms and ammunition components, test firing, proper methods of evidence collection, laboratory testing, microscopic identification, and much more.
Cost: $150.00. This course takes 25 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This is a non-credit course offering 4.36 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 25 hours. The course cost is $150.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: General History and Background Information
Unit 2: Firearm Identification
Unit 3: Cartridge Nomenclature
Unit 4: Test-Firing
Unit 5: Proper Crime Scene Documentation and Evidence Handling
Unit 6: Toolmarks, Part I: Bullets & Cartridge Cases
Unit 7: Toolmarks, Part II: Non-Firearm-Related Toolmarks & Evidence
Unit 8: Shooting Reconstruction
Unit 9: Laboratory Testing
Unit 10: Firearm Accessories
Unit 10: Microscopic Identification
Unit 11: Databases and Resources
Unit 12: Standardization and Legal Issues
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.
(Free software plug-ins are 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.
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.
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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We offer discounts for groups over 10. All individuals in the group need to register for the same course to take advantage of the discount. Discount rates vary by group size as follows:
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