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Overview Forensic professionals are frequently in contact with blood and other body fluids that pose a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  Since duties involve potential occupational exposure, forensic professionals are covered by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard written by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.  Part of this standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030) is required annual training.  This training course is designed to be in compliance witht the training requirements of the standard.  One of the requirements of the annual training is that there be an open forum for questions and answers, to meet this requirement a discussion board will be available for open communication.  While this course is geared toward forensic professionals, anyone that has to take bloodborne pathogen training can take this course as well.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Discuss the contents of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 Define epidemiology and identify the symptoms of bloodborne diseases as well as the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens Describe the contents of an exposure control plan and actions to take in case of an emergency Discuss the methods that will prevent or reduce the possibility of exposure Discuss the information regarding the Hepatitis B vaccine Identify the signs, labels, and color coding requirements for bloodborne pathogens.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 2.8 ILUs.  (What is ILU?)  Average completion time for the course is 15 hours.  A proof of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.   Table of Contents: Unit 1:  The Standard Unit 2:  Bloodborne Diseases Unit 3:  Exposure Control Plans Unit 4:  Risks to the Forensic Professional Unit 5:  Hepatitis B Vaccination Unit 6:  Handling Exposures Unit 7:  Signs, Labels, and Color Coding   Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class.   Frequently Asked Questions Does this training meet the OSHA requirements? Answer:  This course was created around the list of requirements set forth by OSHA but is not considered official OSHA training. Will this training count for the bloodborne pathogen training required by my agency? Answer:  Before registering for this course, please check with your safety officer or quality assurance manager to see if this course can be used as part of your bloodborne pathogen training.   Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer Adobe Acrobat Reader QuickTime Macromedia Flash Player Java (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. All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/   Registration Information  Select the "Add to Cart" option and register 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.   Check our FAQ page for refund and class access information.

1120034

Location : Online

Cost: $50.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This course has been designed to eliminate time spent preparing for the International Association for Identification (IAI) level 1 crime scene certification test by introducing students to textbook topics so they can better assess where weaknesses lie.  It is meant to serve as a supplement to textbook study, not a replacement.  The course is written using material from the textbooks required to be read for certification: Crime Scene Photography, Edition II, by Edward Robinson, 2010, Elsevier Science & Technology Books (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, 8, and 12)Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation by Ross M. Gardner, 2005, CRC Press

1120048

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This course has been developed in response to the lack of formal ethics education specific to forensic science. While this course includes many “basics,” it also relates those ideas to the forensic science profession. West Virginia University Extended Learning and WVU’s Forensic Science Initiative presents these learning materials and this course to you on-line.

1120052

Location : Online

Cost: $250.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This online course discusses basic principles and procedures used in the forensic laboratory. The course provides an overview of laboratory instrumentation, standards, and methods currently used. 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.

1120053

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This course has been developed as an orientation and overview of how the mass spectrometer works, how mass spectrometry is used in forensic science, and how to interpret mass spectra. West Virginia University Extended Learning and WVU’s Forensic Science Initiative presents these learning materials and this course to you on-line.

1120054

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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Overview The goal of this online course is to provide the student with an orientation and overview of questioned documents in regards to forensic science. This course covers equipment, training, handwriting identification, distortion, disguise, signatures, variation, forged signatures, the Video Spectral Comparator (VSC), the Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA), and questioned documents in court.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the types of document examinations as a comparison process. Identify reference collections and scientific equipment. Differentiate between class and individual handwriting characteristics. Discuss concepts and techniques of the Video Spectral Comparator (VSC) and Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA). Appreciate the role of a questioned document examiner as an expert witness.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.02 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 27 hours. The instructor should be notified if an extension is required.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.   Table of Contents Unit 1: Overview and Introduction of Questioned Documents Unit 2: Equipment, Training, and Organizations Unit 3: Handwriting Identification Unit 4: Distortion, Disguise, and Samples Unit 5: Signatures and Variations Unit 6: Non-Genuine or Forged Signatures Unit 7: Video Spectral Comparator (VSC) Unit 8: Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA) Unit 9: Questioned Documents in Court   Prerequisites 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 open in a new window so you can review the course information.   Computer Requirements 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. All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/   Forensic Science Academy for Professionals: https://forensics.wvu.edu/professional-education, Contact: FSAP@mail.wvu.edu Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus student) Continuing & Professional Education: http://continuinged.wvu.edu, Contact: WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu   Registration Information  Select the "Add to Cart" option and 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. Interested in a group discount?  Please contact the Continuing & Professional Education office at (304) 293-7570 or email us at WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu for a coupon code. Check our FAQ page for refund and class access information.   Course Reviews   "All the classes that I have enrolled in have been great. The courses have so much information. I am very confident that any situation I come in contact with will aid me. I want to thank all the teachers and staff of West Virginia University for the service they provide to law enforcment and other public service employees. Great Courses."  

1120013

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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Overview This course serves as an orientation and overview to hair examination as it relates to DNA analysis. The materials in the course have been gathered to assist the student in learning the preliminaries of forensic hair examination and are in no way meant to be a complete hair course.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: State the value of microscopic hair examinations. Determine whether hairs are most likely suitable for nuclear or mitochondrial DNA analysis. State how hair grows and identify the growth phases. Discuss the value and limitations of animal hairs in the forensic context. Describe the methodology, experience, and factors of the evidence and examiner in relation to admissibility of hair evidence.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.8 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 28 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents: Unit 1: Why Conduct Hair Exams? Unit 2: Recovery and Collection of Hair Evidence Unit 3: Basic Microscopy Unit 4: Microscopical Hair Properties Unit 5: Is it Human or Animal? Unit 6: Race, Ancestry, and Ethnicity Unit 7: Body Area (Somatic Origin) Unit 8: Damage, Disease, and Treatment Unit 9: Suitability Unit 10: Examinations of Hair and DNA Unit 11: Legalities of Hair Evidence Prerequisites 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 Will I be ready for casework after completing the course? Answer: No. This course is an excellent starting point for more specialized training and practice in the discipline of hair examination. It is also beneficial to DNA Analysis to understand the basic principles of hair examination. Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz will open in a new window so you can review the course content information. How do I know that I have successfully completed all assignments? Answer: You may follow your progress by clicking on “My Grades” in the left toolbar. If something does not have a grade or does not meet the 80% minimum standard, it must be completed.   Computer Requirements 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. 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/, Contact: fsi@mail.wvu.edu Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus student) Continuing & Professional Education: http://continuinged.wvu.edu, Contact: WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu   Registration Information  Click on the "Add to Cart" 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. Interested in a group discount?  Please contact the Continuing & Professional Education office at (304) 293-7570 or email us at WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu for a coupon code.   Check our FAQ page for refund policy and class access information.   Course Reviews "WVU’s class titled, “Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis” gave me a fundamental and essential understanding of hairs and trace evidence for my career. Before this class I had no prior education of forensics and this was perfect in terms of depth and overview for beginners. Having it online was a plus as well, it was nice to be able to have the ability to go at your own pace. I would suggest this class for anyone interested in getting a basic understanding of forensic hair evaluation."    

1120015

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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Este curso en línea le presenta una introducción y revisión general de la química forense de drogas. El curso cubre una variedad de tópicos asociados con sustancias controladas incluyendo el desarrollo histórico sobre el control de drogas, la estructura de la legislación actual en los Estados Unidos, la perspectiva histórica de varias clases de drogas, y diferentes estratégicas analíticas especificas para análisis en muestras reales.

1120065

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This online course serves as an introduction and basic overview of forensic drug chemistry. It covers a wide variety of topics associated with controlled substances; including history of drug control, the structure of current drug laws in the United States, history of individual drugs, and specific analytical approaches for specific sample types.

1120060

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This online course addresses expert testimony with an open mind towards broadening the perspective of how to be a scientist in the legal arena as well as improving expert witness capabilities on the stand. Inevitably, there is a clash of professional cultures and this course is intended to provide a broader perspective of what the varying viewpoints are. Perspectives in Expert Testimony will also address aspects of handling cross examination. The more prepared a person is as a direct witness, the less he/she has to fear on cross examination.

1120063

Location : Online

Cost: $250.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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This course has been developed as an introduction to the principles underlying the science of fingerprints. Students will obtain a general understanding of the methodology involved and a foundation to begin comparing all friction ridge skin. 

1120046

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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Overview This course has been designed to give students information about evaluating, interpreting, and reconstructing a shooting scene. The units within this course will cover a general overview of firearms/ammunition and their components, bullet path reconstruction theories and techniques, cartridge case ejection patterns, evidence collection, and firearm/ammunition testing, as well as gunshot wound examination. The course will also discuss the analysis of a shooting scene, and the appropriate mathematical equations to include within the analysis.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Differentiate between different categories of projectile impact Calculate the angle of impact from an impact site Describe how vehicle windows and windshields react to bullet impact Discuss the variable conditions of ejection pattern tests Describe the different analytic methods used for GSR Understand the holistic approach to shooting reconstruction Recognize the distinguishing characteristics of different ranges of gunshot wounds Discuss the factors affecting the appearance of gunshot wounds   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 4.36 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 24 hours.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: The Principles of Shooting Reconstruction Unit 2: An Overview of Firearms and Ballistics Unit 3: Ammunition Unit 4: Mathematics Unit 5: Bullet Holes and Impact Sites Unit 6: Bullet Path Reconstruction Unit 7: Shooting Incidents Involving Motor Vehicles Unit 8: Cartridge Case Ejection Patterns Unit 9: Gunshot Residue and Other Trace Evidence Unit 10: Shooting Scene Analysis Unit 11: Evidence Collection Unit 12: Firearm and Ammunition Testing Unit 13: Gunshot Wounds Unit 14: Shooting Reconstruction in Court   Prerequisites 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.   Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer Adobe Acrobat Reader QuickTime Macromedia Flash Player Java (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. 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/, Contact: fsi@mail.wvu.edu Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus student) Continuing & Professional Education: http://continuinged.wvu.edu, Contact: WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu   Registration Information  Click on the "Add To Cart" 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. Interested in a group discount?  Please contact the Continuing & Professional Education office at (304) 293-7570 or email us at WVUEnrich@mail.wvu.edu for a coupon code. Check our FAQ page for refund policy and class access information.   Course Reviews “I have been in the field of Law Enforcement and Forensics for over 25 years. I have amassed thousands of hours of training during that period. Having participated in three forensic programs offered by WVU, I wish to comment on the experience that I have had. The courses are very well constructed, and the goals are reasonable and attainable if you stay with the process. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and are willing to help on any issue. I have participated in many different courses using different formats in the way the courses were taught. My WVU experience was one of the best I have had in my career. The program should be used by as many people in the field as possible.”    

1120024

Location : Online

Cost: $225.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 03/02/18

Schedule : Online 24/7; 42 sessions; starting 3/2/2018, ending 4/13/2018



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