This class provides students with a basic, introductory overview of crime scene investigation. Background information and techniques necessary to perform analyses will be included in the course. The course units will allow students to understand the steps taken in a crime scene investigation, from the initial walk-through to documentation and types of evidence encountered. The course content will be applied using two virtual crime scenes with activities.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•Determine what proper personal protective equipment is necessary
•Describe the necessary provisions at a crime scene
•Conduct an initial walk-through
•Properly photograph a crime scene
•Recognize potential sources of pattern evidence at a crime scene
•Recognize potential sources of biological, chemical, and trace evidence at a crime scene
•Compile a thorough overall crime scene report
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 3.82 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 20 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: Introduction
Unit 2: Crime Scene Safety
Unit 3: Crime Scene Provisions
Unit 4: Initial Assessment of the Crime Scene
Unit 5: Documentation of the Crime Scene
Unit 6: Evidence Search Methods
Unit 7: Physical Evidence: Pattern Evidence
Unit 8: Physical Evidence: Biological, Chemical, and Trace Evidence
Unit 9: Final Assessment of the Crime Scene
Unit 10: Reports and Forms
Unit 11: Expert Witness Testimony
Unit 12: Virtual Crime Scene
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
• Are the virtual crime scenes required to pass this course? Answer: Yes, you must have access to the virtual crime scenes to pass this course. An 80% is required on the virtual crime scene 1 assessment and the virtual crime scene 2 documentation assignment.
• How do I view the virtual crime scenes? Answer: You must do the following: use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser, turn off pop-up blockers, and install the necessary course plug-ins which can be found in the “Getting Started” button of the course on the page titled “eCampus Tutorial”. Click on the tab “Required Browser Plugins” and download the four listed programs.
• I cannot download programs on my work computer, what should I do? Answer: Use a computer where you will be allowed to download the required programs. Suggestions include personal or library computers.
• I have downloaded all requirements and am still having problems viewing the virtual crime scenes, what should I do? Answer: Contact the instructor of the course by email or phone.
•Adobe Acrobat Reader
•Adobe Flash Player
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.
All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/
•Forensic and Investigative Sciences Outreach: http://fsi.research.wvu.edu/
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