Analysis of fire debris primarily is determining if an ignitable liquid residue (ILR) is present and to what classification it might belong. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) is the widely used instrumental method for this analysis. Proper interpretation of the data from GCMS is essential in the determination where pyrolysis products and incidental ignitable liquid are often present. This course will concentrate on understanding the various factors that can lead to false positives (determine ILR present when not) and misclassification (assigning ILR to the wrong class) as well as the current accepted methods in the fire debris community.
See below for course outline and additional information.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Criminalists who are working with trace evidence, especially fire debris.
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.
Blended learning experience at your location/facility:
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.
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:
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.