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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: 05/01/17



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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: 05/01/17



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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: 05/01/17



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Overview Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination was designed to discuss basic principles and procedures used in the latent print section of the forensic laboratory. The course provides an overview of the types of substrates, development techniques, and examination process that are currently seen and used in the latent print discipline. The content not only addresses practices and methods, but includes the proper handling and preservation of latent print evidence. Also, the course describes how examiners should present themselves and latent print evidence during courtroom testimony.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Define what a latent print is and explain the difference between a latent print and exemplar print Identify the different regions and minutiae in a latent print Describe the different types of substrates latent prints can be found on and the different development techniques an examiner can use Discuss the ways to preserve latent print evidence Describe and successfully perform the ACE-V process Discuss how an examiner handles expert testimony   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.74 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 34 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: What is a Latent Print? Unit 2: Pattern Types and Ridges Unit 3: Development Techniques for Latent Prints Unit 4: Substrate Analysis Unit 5: Distortion of Latent Prints Unit 6: Preservation and Packaging Unit 7: ACE-V Unit 8: Expert Testimony   Prerequisites Registration for this course requires the completion of Forensic Science Initiative’s “Science of Fingerprints” online course or the equivalent.  If you register for this course before completing “Science of Fingerprints” or equivalent, your registration will be placed on hold until you complete the prerequisite course. Please contact the instructor, Kelly Ayers, if you have questions about an equivalent to the "Science of Fingerprints". 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 Macromedia Flash Player Java There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills are 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 (Please explain you are a non-credit student with Extended Learning using eCampus) Continuing & Professional Education: http://continuinged.wvu.edu, Contact: WVUenrich@mail.wvu.edu   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. I’m having problems viewing the images of the prints in the assignment.  How do I make them better? Answer: You can print off all the latent and exemplar prints to view them better.  If this does not work, then save each image individually and re-open the image Windows Photo Viewer.   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 and class access information.

1120029

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 05/01/17



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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: 05/01/17



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Overview While many people believe that bloodstain pattern analysis is a new discipline within the forensic science field, the examination of blood at violent crimes has been around for decades. The goal of this online course is to provide the student with a basic, introductory overview of bloodstain pattern analysis. Students will gain an introductory understanding to the presumptive tests used for blood, understanding basic patterns, and determining the area of origin of a bloodstain. Also, the documentation of bloodstains will be discussed The student will learn the background information and techniques necessary in performing analyses, but this will in no way replace the physical practice required when dealing with actual casework.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Discuss the limitations of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Determine the angle of impact and directionality when presented with any well-formed bloodstain Recognize the sorts of biological hazards encountered in forensic investigations. Recognize the difference between an enhancement and presumptive test Determine the category in which a bloodstain belongs Recognize the differences between a point (area) of origin and a point (area) of convergence Determine the location from which a bloodstain originated Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.56 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 19 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Unit 2: Blood Unit 3: Safety and Biological Hazards Unit 4: Presumptive Tests Unit 5: Basic Stain Patterns Unit 6: Determining the Area of Origins Unit 7: Automation in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Unit 8: Blood Pattern Characteristics that Aid in Analysis Unit 9: Documentation and Preservation   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/   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 recently completed the on-line course for Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. I want to thank you and express how much I enjoyed the course. It was very convenient for me to take the on-line course and be able to work on it when time permitted. I learned a great deal and am now able to move on and take a 40 hour course on an Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course. I feel like I learned the basics and will have a better understanding of the principals when I attend the course in May. Thank you for offering an on-line program to Law Enforcement Personnel. The education is invaluable. I look forward to taking more courses from West Virginia University Academic Innovation.”  

1120017

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 05/01/17



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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: 05/01/17



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Overview 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.   Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the differences between an expert and lay witness. Discuss the difference between civil and criminal cases. Define discovery and depositions. Describe the different cultures of law enforcement officers, scientists, and lawyers. Describe how an expert witness should prepare for testimony. Discuss why laying the foundation of the expert’s science is important. Describe how to prepare for cross-examination. Discuss how to respond to cross-examination. Describe the ethical issues and problems experts face. Describe unethical conduct.   Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offered for 3.34 ILU’s. (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: Overview of Expert Testimony & Being an Expert Witness Unit 2: Attorneys & Scientists - A Natural Friction Unit 3: Preparation for Expert Witness Testimony Unit 4: Direct Examination Unit 5: Cross-Examination Unit 6: Important Cases for the Expert Witness Unit 7: Ethics   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.   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 did enjoy both classes that I signed up for - Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Principles of Death Investigation. Upon completion of the courses I emailed both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal to thank them for their enthusiasm, insight, and comprehensive coverage of the subject matter. In most areas of Law Enforcement a person with my years of service (30 years) is considered a "dinosaur or relic" and past the point of being interested or teachable in most if not all matters concerning the various aspects of Law Enforcement. While this belief has certainly been true with me as of late, I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal as well as to WVU for providing courses related to my current assignment and for re-kindling my interest. I found both courses informative and challenging, and I believe that I took away valuable information that will be of use to me as I continue on the path that I started on three decades ago. While participating in both courses I realized that for the first time in 2-4 years that I will miss my job when I'm forced to retire in a little over 15 months. I again want to thank all involved for reaffirming that the career choice I made so many years ago, was the right one.    

1120021

Location : Online

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 05/01/17



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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: $199.00

Instructor : Kelly Ayers 

Start date: 05/01/17



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