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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: $150.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview 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. This course takes 25 hours to complete, on average. 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, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: State the IAI requirements for Certified Crime Scene Investigator testing and properly complete the application process. Apply multiple choice test taking strategies to given questions. Recognize and demonstrate understanding of topics in all chapters in the Gardner textbook. Recognize and demonstrate understanding of topics in all chapters (except 1, 8, and 12) in the Robinson textbook.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.52 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 25 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.   Table of Contents Getting Started Welcome Letter Quiz Release Schedule eCampus Tutorial Link General Test Info Why be Certified? Qualifications for CCSI Certification Required Reading Material The Application Process The Test Multiple Choice Test Taking Strategies Crime Scene (Gardner) Text Material Unit 1:  Chapters 1 and 2 Unit 2:  Chapters 3 and 4 Unit 3:  Chapters 5 and 6 Unit 4:  Chapters 7 and 8 Unit 5:  Chapters 9 and 10 Unit 6:  Chapters 11 and 12 Unit 7:  Chapters 13, 14, and Appendix B Photography (Robinson) Text Material Unit 1:  Chapters 2 and 3 Unit 2:  Chapters 4 and 5 Unit 3:  Chapters 6, 7, and 9 Unit 4:  Chapters 10 and 11   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. Disclaimer Any assessment questions found within the content of this course have been written by the FSI course instructor and have not been taken from past or current IAI tests. They may or may not appear on the certification test. Successful completion of this course in no way guarantees a passing score on the actual certification test. 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/ Materials/Textbooks Students are required to have the following textbooks to complete the course: 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, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press Registration Information  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.   Check our FAQ page for refund policy and class access information.

1120003

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview 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.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the relationship between forensic scientists and law enforcement Describe the differences between science and the law Discuss the types of conflicts that can occur State the pressures that can lead to ethical dilemmas Determine what ethical standards are in place for forensic scientists Describe some of the ethical issues affecting forensic scientists   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.78 ILUs. (What is ILU?) 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: What is Ethics? Unit 2: Ethics in Criminal Justice Unit 3: Ethics in the Courtroom Unit 4: Ethics in Science and Research Unit 5: Conflicts Unit 6: Forensic Ethics Unit 7: Codes of Ethics Unit 8: Ethical Dilemmas Unit 9: Misconduct   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 Does this class meet ASCLD-LAB’s requirement for ethics training? Answer: Yes, per ASCLD/LAB – International Supplemental Requirements [testing] clause 5.2.1.3 which states “Training shall include the application of ethical practices in forensic sciences, a general knowledge of forensic science, and applicable criminal and civil law and procedures.” Do I have to post on the discussion board? Answer: Yes, all discussion questions for this course are required and are graded. What is meant by “responses to classmate’s posts”? Answer: You must respond to at least 3 of your classmate’s discussion posts. They should be in response to different topics and are required. 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. 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.   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. Check our FAQ page for refund policy and class access information.   Course Reviews “I am just starting out in this field as a student intern at a local law enforcement agency, with the goal of working in the local Crime Lab, as soon as I am able to. This course has helped me gain a much better understanding on the material and also has given me experience I can take with me into the job I will one day be doing. I learned so much from this class and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!”   “I found the Ethics in Forensic Science course to be informative and thought provoking. We are requiring everyone in our laboratory system to complete the course for both accreditation compliance and personal enrichment. This will be a permanent requirement for all new employees.”   "I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to enhance my proficiency by participating in the Ethics in Forensic Science Training online. I would not have had this opportunity had it not been for West Virginia University. Working in the training modules each day was an evolving learning experience. The ability to interact with the course coordinator/instructor and students kept me quite interested." "I look back upon my 32 years as a law enforcement officer and clearly realize how much better I could have served my community had this training been available sooner. I have placed into practice what I learned. We no longer view personnel issues in the proverbial black & white...understanding that "the grey area" reveals more probative information. I now supervise and work in a much more productive frame of mind with quality assurance guided by a clear understanding of ethical behaviors and practices."  

1120006

Location : Online

Cost: $150.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview This online course is being offered as an introductory level for the basic principles of forensic photography. The units within this course will cover a brief history of photography, a thorough understanding of the principles behind photography, and the techniques used for photographing certain types of crime scenes and evidence. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the importance of photography and how it is used as a way to document, preserve, and identify evidence. Before entering a crime scene a forensic photographer should know what to look for and how to capture it. Through photographic methods and techniques, the photographer must also concentrate on creating an accurate portrayal of the scene as it is perceived. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ALL COURSEWORK BY AUGUST 31st. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Explain the history of photography Describe basic camera equipment and accessories and how they are used Thoroughly document crime scenes and evidence Use of video cameras as a supplementary method of documenting a crime scene Understand the role of photographs and digital images in the courtroom   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 25 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 – History of Photography Unit 2 – The Fundamentals of Photography Unit 3 – Photography Equipments and Accessories Unit 4 – Digital Photography Unit 5 – Film Unit 6 – Crime Scene Photography Unit 7 – Items of Evidence Unit 8 – Video Cameras and Camcorders Unit 9 – Photography in the Courtroom Unit 10 – The Future of Photography   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 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/ Materials/Textbooks 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. This course requires access to a camera to complete the photography assignment. Any model of camera (dSLR, point and shoot, etc.) may be used. You must be able to upload the pictures to your computer.   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   "First, I would like to thank you for offering the Forensic Photography course online. This morning was the first chance I had to put the knowledge I learned to use. We had a very serious motor vehicle crash involving a milk delivery truck and a tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer ended up having his right leg amputated and sustained several internal injuries. His prognosis is still unknown as of this email. As luck would have it, a local media photographer took a photo of me in action. Had I not completed this course, I would have never thought to capture specific angles and items at the scene. Unfortunately, due to our department policy, I cannot share with you the photos I took of the crash scene, as they are considered evidence. Because I was so satisfied with this class, I intend to take other courses as time permits."    

1120011

Location : Online

Cost: $175.00

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Kelly Ayers  2.Robin Bowen 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview Forensic science describes the science of linking people, places, and things that are involved in criminal activity. The goal of this online course is to provide the student with a basic, introductory overview of forensic science. The student will learn the fundamentals of the different disciplines that encompass the field of forensic science.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Define forensic science. List disciplines within forensic science. Describe the procedures of crime scene investigation. Discuss the importance of safety procedures and evidence handling at the crime scene and/or at the laboratory. Describe the different types of physical evidence and pattern evidence. Describe the different types, parts, and forensic applications of the microscope. Discuss the processes of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. List and recognize the different fingerprint pattern types and characteristics. Define forensic chemistry and the disciplines within that section. Define forensic biology and the disciplines within that section. Define trace evidence and discuss the different types of trace evidence. Discuss the role of forensic expert witnesses, the rules of evidence, and the importance of Frye and Daubert court cases. Describe quality assurance and know its importance.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.40 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 40 hours. The course cost is $199.00 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 Investigation Unit 3: Basics of Evidence Unit 4: Microscopy Unit 5: Spectroscopic Techniques and Separation Methods Unit 6: Pattern Evidence Unit 7: Friction Ridge Examination Unit 8: Forensic Chemistry Unit 9: Forensic Biology Unit 10: Trace Evidence Unit 11: Other Areas of Forensic Science Unit 12: Science and Law Unit 13: Forensic Laboratory Quality Assurance 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 Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted.  Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business.  The updated grade will appear in the “my grades” tab in the course once it has been updated.  Are discussion posts required? Answer: Yes, all the discussion posts in this course are required.   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  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. 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   I was extremely appreciative of the opportunity to take the online Forensic Science Introductory Course through the Forensic Science Initiative. Having served as a patrol officer for five years, this course helped me learn much more about the different methods and technology involved in processing a scene and identifying suspects, victims, and other people who may have been at the scene. I will definitely put the knowledge I gained in this course to use, and hope to develop my interest in the area of forensics through taking more courses as I move to the identification unit next year. The opportunity to communicate with other law enforcement and government personnel throughout the country who are in similar stages of their career was also outstanding. This course helps provide an introduction to forensic science and was interesting, easy to navigate and fun, too! I am very happy the initiative is available to allow people within the law enforcement community to gain a deeper understanding of forensics, and test the waters to see if it is something they would like to pursue further.   I am very grateful that West Virginia University offers these online courses for forensic professionals. I am recommending these courses to my co-workers and I know they will get as much out of the program as I have. Thanks and I look forward to taking more classes in the future.          

1120012

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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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: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview 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. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ALL COURSEWORK BY AUGUST 31st. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Follow the process of identifying a particular firearm. Discuss each of the cartridge case components. Properly collect and preserve firearm evidence from a crime scene. Describe the different laboratory tests that are performed for firearm related evidence. Explain the creation and examination of toolmarks. Discuss expert witness testimony in regards to firearm evidence.   Course Structure and Schedule 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 $175.00 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   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 Eduation: 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     “Overall a good course. Nice overview. In this period of seriously tight budgets, finding somewhere I can get online training, that is appropriate to my field is a great advantage. And continuing education is always good, even if it only shows that I'm still trying to learn.”        

1120018

Location : Online

Cost: $175.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview 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.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe types of evidence submitted for drug analysis to the crime laboratory Discuss history of controlled substances and corresponding laws List drug classifications and schedules Define marijuana, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, dissociatives, and steroids Describe the difficulties associated with clandestine lab cases   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.82 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 32 hours.  A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.   Table of Contents: Unit 1: Drug Chemistry: Overview Unit 2: History of Controlled Substance Legislation in the US Unit 3: Drug Classifications Unit 4: Structure of Current Drug Laws Unit 5: Structural Activity Relationships Unit 6: Marijuana Unit 7: Marijuana Analysis Unit 8: Other Controlled Substance Analysis Unit 9: Stimulants: Cocaine Unit 10: Stimulants: Amphetamines Unit 11: Other Stimulants Unit 12: Depressants, Heroin and Other Opiates Unit 13: Other Depressants Unit 14: Hallucinogens: LSD Unit 15: Hallucinogens: Psilocybe Mushrooms Unit 16: Hallucinogens: MDMA Unit 17: Additional Hallucinogens Unit 18: Dissociatives Unit 19: Anabolic Steroids Unit 20: Clandestine Laboratories Unit 21: Miscellaneous Topics Unit 22:  Designer Drugs - Synthetic Cannabinoids Unit 23:  Designer Drugs - Substituted Cathinones   Frequently Asked Questions Do I need to work in a forensic laboratory to take this course? Answer: No. However, you do need to work in the forensic science field to take the course. It is not opened for the general public. 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. Check our FAQ page for refund policy and class access information.   Course Reviews   As manager of the Grayson County, Virginia Day Reporting Center, I found this course to be exactly what I needed. Most of the felons sentenced to our program have committed crimes linked to illegal drugs. They either have direct drug offenses (e.g., distribution, manufacturing), or have committed other crimes indirectly related to drug use and distribution (e.g., grand larceny, forgery, fraud). In our daily supervision of offenders, it is important that we understand the differences, sources, effects, identification, etc. of the full spectrum of drugs. This course has provided a valuable knowledge base that will be of daily benefit to my mission. I enjoyed the course, and I look forward to taking more courses in the near future. Thank you for an excellent learning program.    

1120020

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview Principles of Death Investigation is an introductory course designed to discuss the fundamentals of death investigation. The course is written using the NIJ guidelines, 'Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator'. In addition, information has been included from death investigation texts, handbooks, and other resources. The content primarily focuses on scene procedures, collection of information, and the various causes, mechanisms, and manners of death. The course is especially written for medicolegal death investigators, crime scene investigators, and law enforcement personnel.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Identify death scene personnel and their responsibilities Define documentation, photography, and the concept of, “chain of custody” as they relate to death investigation Explain information that should be collected and documented concerning the decedent Identify the fundamentals of body evaluation and examination Demonstrate knowledge of scene responsibilities Define natural and trauma related deaths Identify scene exit procedures Explain the death investigator’s role in the autopsy   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.46 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: Death Investigation: An Introduction Unit 2: Arrival at the Scene Unit 3: Entering the Death Scene Unit 4: Obtaining a Profile of the Decedent Unit 5: Body Evaluation and Examination Unit 6: Classification and Time of Death Unit 7: Natural Disease and Death Unit 8: Trauma: I Unit 9: Trauma: II Unit 10:  Pediatric and Child Death Unit 11:  Alcohol and Drug Related Deaths Unit 12: Completing the Scene Investigation Unit 13: Autopsy – The Role of the DI     Frequently Asked Questions I had 7 points awarded on an 8 question quiz. Did I pass? Answer: All quizzes in this course have a total ten point value. If there are 8 questions, it simply means there are questions with a value higher than one point. Seven points out of eight questions would equate to 7 out of 10 points. This does not meet the 80% minimum.   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 “By way of introduction, I am Robert Hebert, a 16-year veteran with the Port of Lake Charles (La.) Harbor Police Department; I also served some years as a Navy Master-at-Arms. It's delightful and encouraging to find WVU professional development courses in a time when budget restrictions are so tough on departments' training. The courses are simple to follow and accessible at the most convenient times. They are in-depth and focus on the particulars that a lab specialist, crime scene evidence collection specialist, investigator or first response officer need to know. I've completed Forensic Questioned Documents and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; I'm currently enrolled in Death Investigation and Shooting reconstruction. All of these things, a first responder officer needs to know. In a larger department, this information would help the first responder prepare the scene for chief investigators, and make those officers (first responders) more valuable in the event they might be needed to help collect evidence (as would be the case with fragile evidence). In a small department, often the first responder is the chief investigator. So, that in itself says it all: we never know when we might be thrust into a position whereby we must collect the evidence, and all the particular follow-ups. I'm so appreciative of WVU's contribution to the law enforcement and forensics community. The information is invaluable and most timely. I've encouraged my fellow officers to explore these great courses. Keep up the great work!”    

1120022

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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Overview This course serves as an introduction to the relationships between attorneys, scientific experts, and law enforcement from the time of the initial investigation to the courtroom. The student will be exposed to the various types of forensic experts and the differences between civil and criminal trial preparations. This course will offer insight to how the multiple players in science and law work together for a common goal.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe different investigative regions and investigator roles. Define the basics of ethnomethodology and how it relates to forensic investigations. Describe the relationship between science, law, and law enforcement. Describe the differences between forensic experts. Define the Rules of Evidence. Describe the differences between criminal and civil cases.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.58 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 16 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.   Table of Contents: Unit 1: Investigative Regions Unit 2: Investigator Roles and Informational Control Unit 3: Team Formation and Organization Unit 4: Ethnomethodology and Forensic Investigations Unit 5: Professional Vision Unit 6: Jurisdictions of Knowledge Unit 7: Divisions of Labor Unit 8: Relations between the Institutions of Science and Law Unit 9: Forensic Experts and the Rules of Evidence Unit 10: Mistakes at Work and the Pecking Order of Forensic Investigations Unit 11: Historic Roles and Moral Dilemmas Unit 12: Preparing Cases: Criminal vs. Civil   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/   Instructor Information   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 Educataion: http://continuinged.wvu.edu, Contact: WVUEnrich@mail.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. 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.

1120023

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 07/03/17



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