Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene discusses basic principles and procedures used in the forensic laboratory. It is designed to help the investigator or laboratory examiner understand instrumentation, standards and methods currently used, and the fundamental concepts of the laboratory environment, including the examination of evidence. The content not only addresses practices and methods, it also identifies the proper handling of evidence and precautions that should be utilized in the laboratory environment. After this introductory-level course, the student should understand the fundamentals of a forensic laboratory.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe the role of the examiner in the forensic laboratory.
Discuss methods and procedures used in analyzing evidence, among various forensic disciplines
Recognize the instrumentation and processing techniques used in the examination of evidence
Define the importance of safety in the laboratory.
Identify resources that help the examiner better understand forensic principles.
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Laboratory Considerations
Unit 3: Fingerprint Processing and Evaluation
Unit 4: Trace Evidence
Unit 5: Firearms and Ammunition
Unit 6: Impression Evidence
Unit 7: Arson and Explosives
Unit 8: Biological Material
Unit 9: Drugs and Toxicology
Unit 10: Computer Forensics
Unit 11: Questioned Documents Examination
There are no prerequisites for this course. 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
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?
Answer: If you are having trouble with registration or accessing the online course, please call OIT at 304-293-4444. Make sure you state that you are a non-credit eCampus student. If the problem is related to the course material, please email the instructor who will respond to your email as soon as possible.
Can I look at the material while taking the quiz?
Answer: Yes, the quiz opens in a new window so you can review the course information.
Mozilla Firefox; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Quicktime; Adobe Flash Player; Java. 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.