Upcoming Dates

May 01, 2019 to May 02, 2019

Credits: 3 | Pricing: $1995 | Instructor: Debra L. Joslin, Ph.D.
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM

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You will be contacted once this course becomes available.

Course Details

Course Outline
  • Introduction and discussion of GSR Analysis by SEM/EDS course and instrumentation.
  • Discussion of student’s interest.
  • Lecture on SEM and EDS theory.
  • Demonstrations of SEM imaging followed by students hands-on SEM operation.
  • Demonstrations of EDS resolution checks, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Lecture on how to make an in-house GSR standard.
  • Demonstration and student participation on sample preparation, techniques and equipment.
  • Demonstrations on instrument setup for GSR analysis.
  • Practice and participation of students to set up and run overnight GSR analysis on GSR proficiency test samples.
What You Will Learn
  • Given SEM and EDS instruments, the student will setup and operate the instruments successfully.
  • Given SEM instrumentation the student will acquire techniques in obtaining secondary electron and backscatter electron micrographs.
  • Given SEM and EDS instrumentation the student will perform EDS qualitative and quantitative analysis and set up and run an overnight automated GSR analysis.
  • Given appropriate published guidelines the student will interpret GSR analysis results and report conclusions.
Who Should Enroll

This practical SEM course provides a core foundation for students new to SEM/EDS GSR analysis or for those who would like to improve practical use and techniques

  • Forensic scientists
  • Criminalists
  • Electron microscopists
  • Instrument operators
  • Trace evidence examiners
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual
  • ASPEX 3025 SEM/EDS
  • JEOL JSM-6480LV low vacuum SEM
  • Instrumentation used during class is based on availability, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. 
Suggested Prerequisites
  • Prior use of SEM with EDS
  • Initial in-house or vendor training
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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