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Upcoming Dates

August 06, 2019 to August 07, 2019

Pricing: $1895 | Instructor: Graham Rankin
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM

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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Explosives and explosion dynamics
  • Parts of an improvised explosive device
  • Scene investigation and evidence recovery
  • Examination of post-blast debris
  • Lab exercise: Debris recognition and device reconstruction
  • Chemistry of explosives
  • Analysis of intact low explosives
  • Lab Exercise: Ignition susceptibility, flame tests, spot tests,
  • Microchemical tests for cations and anions
  • Lab Exercise: Differentiation of black powders and black powder substitutes
  • Lab Exercise: Post blast identification of black powder, BP substitutes and pyrotechniques
  • Smokeless powder analysis
  • Instrumental methods (GCMS, HPLC, FTIR) for identification of organic explosives.
  • Lab Exercise: Particle size and shape, single vs. double base by TLC
  • Detection of devices
  • Tour of facilities
  • Wrap up and evaluation
What You Will Learn
  • Learn techniques for examination of post-blast debris for determination of low explosives using microscopic and simple chemical tests used to efficiently process the evidence.
  • Recognize the various remnants of various components found in improvised explosive devices which may aid in developing a “bombers signature” and investigative leads.
Who Should Enroll

Criminalists who are working with trace evidence especially post-blast debris. 

Student Learning Resources

All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences.

  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy and Ancillary Techniques by John Gustav Delly
  • Explosives Identification Guide by Mick Picket (ISBN 0-7668-0490-9)
  • Forensic Chemistry Handbook ed. by Lawrence Kobilinsky (ISBN 978-0-471-73954-8)
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosions ed. by Alexander Beveridge (ISBN 0-7484-0565-8)
  • Practical Bomb Scene Investigation (2nd ed), James Thurman (ISBN 978-1-4398-1959-3)
  • Olympus BX51 microscope with polarized light capabilities
  • Olympus Stereomicroscope
  • The McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles, a free online reference aid to substance identification
  • Modern Microscopy, a free, peer-reviewed online journal for the professional microscopist
Student Prerequisites
  • Experience with PLM
  • Undergraduate science background
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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