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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Course overview
  • Introduction to fire debris analysis and common nomenclature
  • Review of GCMS theory and operation
  • ASTM methods for recovery of ignitable liquids
  • Effects of evaporation and weathering on profiles
  • Interpreting total ion chromatograms of GCMS data
  • Classification of ignitable liquids by ASTM E1618
  • Effects of substrates and incidental liquids on interpretation
  • Interpreting extracted ion profiles and classification
  • Putting it all together: reporting and testimony
What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Employ the proper collection and preservation techniques for fire debris
  • Use ASTM methods for recovery and concentration of ILR from fire debris
  • Use ASTM method (E1618) for interpreting GCMS data and classification of ILR
  • Use ILR databases for unusual samples and effects of substrate in that interpretation
  • Understand proper reporting and testimony regarding ILR in fire debris
Who Should Enroll

Criminalists who are working with trace evidence, especially fire debris.

Student Learning Resources

Classroom/lab learning experience at Hooke College of Applied Sciences:

All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided by Hooke College of Applied Sciences in the classroom/laboratory facility located in Westmont, Illinois.

  • Detailed course manual
  • Stauffer E., Dolan J.A., and Newman R. (2008) Fire Debris Analysis. Academic Press USA. ISBN 978-0-1266397-1.
  • DeHaan J.D. and Icove D.J. (2012) Kirk's Fire Investigation, Seventh Edition. Pearson, USA. ISBN 978-0-13-508263-8.
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy and Ancillary Techniques by John Gustav Delly
  • Olympus BX51 polarized light microscope
  • Olympus SZX10 stereomicroscope

Blended learning experience at your location/facility:

  • Distance learning delivered in a blended format (Web-Classroom-Web) is available to enhance your learning of the course content

To participate in the pre-and post-course online web activities (blended learning modules) associated with this course you must have access to a computer and the internet at your location/facility.

Suggested Prerequisites
  • Familiarity with GCMS instrumentation and its operation
  • 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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