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Upcoming Dates

May 20, 2019 to May 24, 2019

Credits: 3 | Pricing: $1995 | Instructor: Sandra Koch
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - Noon

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Course Details

Course Outline
  • MICROSCOPY: Köhler Illumination; Balanced Illumination; Contrast; Mountants
  • HAIR EVIDENCE: History and Value; Hair Variation; Sampling
  • TRANSFER: Persistence; Contamination Control
  • GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: Follicles; Roots
  • HAIR MICROSCOPY: Gross Appearance; Surface Features; Internal Structure; Hair Micrometry
  • LABORATORY EXERCISES: Mountants; Infiltration; Castings; Cross-sections; Diameter Measurements
  • BIOLOGICAL PROFILE: Identification; Species Origin; Racial Origin; Somatic Origin; Tips; Deposition; Microtraces
  • HAIR COMPARISON: Attributes; Significance and Limitations
  • FEATURES: Color; Structure; Treatment
  • LAB PRACTICAL: Hair Comparison
  • PROTOCOL: Guidelines; DNA
  • CONCLUSIONS: Report; Testimony
What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the history and value of forensic hair comparisons
  • Collect and preserve questioned and known hairs for comparison
  • Explain the transfer and persistence of hair evidence and how to prevent cross contamination of hair evidence
  • Use proper microscope illumination and mounting media for microscopical hair comparisons
  • Describe the growth and development of hairs and how hairs vary
  • Perform detailed microscopical study of hairs including the study of surface features and internal structures
  • Recognize the features of hairs that make up its biological profile including: species origin, ethnic origin, somatic origin, roots, tips and microtraces
  • Explain the attributes of a forensic hair comparison including possible sources of error
  • Recognize the features of human hairs used for comparison including those involving color, structure and treatment
  • Conduct a forensic hair comparison and report the results
  • Select human hairs for DNA analysis
Who Should Enroll
  • Inexperienced forensic scientists and criminalists with new responsibilities for hair analysis.
  • Experienced forensic hair examiners who desire additional training.
  • DNA analysts who require training for hair analysis.
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual including lecture outlines and reference materials
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy by John Gustav Delly
  • Olympus BX51 microscope for each student
  • Olympus SZX10 stereomicroscopes for each student
  • Olympus comparison microscopes for student's use
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. 
Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% attendance
  • class participation
  • completion of all course material
  • completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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