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Service LearningLearn the skills essential to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Paralegals tend to have diverse backgrounds and work experience. Paralegals are employed in private law firms, courts, government agencies, corporations, and in many other areas where law-related work is performed.


Certificate Programs

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This program is an accelerated learning course that teaches the real-life skills needed to be a successful Paralegal. Learn how to prepare trial notebooks, conduct legal research using LexisNexis, and draft documents. Learn about the various areas of practice within the law. Participate in a hands-on legal service-learning project. Network and connect to the legal community by participating in mock interviews with attorneys. This program prepares students for entry-to-mid level positions in the legal field. The Paralegal Certificate Program now requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree to be accepted. For admission, please submit a transcript (unofficial is allowed) to: Angela Pacheco, UNM Continuing Education, MSC07 4030, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. For questions, please contact Angela Pacheco, Program Supervisor, at mailto:delong@unm.edu or 505-277-3975.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible. NOTE: This is a hybrid course. This class will meet in-person for 48 hours on the dates and times listed above. The other 48 hours of the course will be taken through an online course management system. In addition, to keep progress of hours spent outside of the classroom, students will learn how to use a billable hour program.

37326 | TBA

Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Course - Hybrid

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Career Training Program Supervisor for more information.
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Note: This is a hybrid course. The class will meet in-person for 48 hours on the dates and times listed above. The other 48 hours of the course will be taken through an online course management system. In addition, to keep progress of these hours, students will learn how to use a billable hour program.

** A free subscription to LexisNexis® is included in the tuition and is available to the students throughout the course. As a subscriber to LexisNexis®, students qualify to complete the LexisNexis® Paralegal Student Certification of Mastery training program, designed specifically to help students increase proficiency in online legal research using lexisnexis.com.

As a post-baccalaureate certificate program, graduates of our program are eligible for membership into the State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division.

The Paralegal Certificate program requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree to be accepted. For admission, please submit a transcript (unofficial is allowed) to: Paralegal Program Supervisor, UNM Continuing Education, MSC07 4030, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

For questions, please contact Amy Greene, Program Supervisor, at careertraining@unm.edu or (505) 277-3975.

The Paralegal Internship is part of the UNM Continuing Education Experiential Learning Program which gives students the opportunity to practice the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real-life workplace situations. Paralegal interns are placed in various fields of the law, including government agencies such as Offices of the District Attorney and the New Mexico Public Defender Department, large and small law firms, and other areas. The students work under the direct supervision of a site supervisor which is typically an attorney or senior paralegal. In addition, the UNMCE internship supervisor will offer additional support to the student and monitor his or her progress in the program.

The Paralegal internships are only open to graduates of the UNMCE Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program. Acceptance requires successful completion of the program and instructor recommendation.

Dates and times are arranged with student based on their needs.

This certificate program builds a comprehensive skillset to prepare students for legal support careers. This course provides an introduction to legal concepts, including vocabulary and legal procedure. Strengthen written communication skills by learning how to prepare legal documents, notices, and pleadings. Learn about how to process law office billing and utilize E-Filing programs. Enhance administrative skills such as phone etiquette, working with clients, filing and organization skills.

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This certificate program builds a comprehensive skillset to prepare students for legal support careers. This course provides an introduction to legal concepts, including vocabulary and legal procedure. Strengthen written communication skills by learning how to prepare legal documents, notices, and pleadings. Learn about how to process law office billing and utilize E-Filing programs. Enhance administrative skills such as phone etiquette, working with clients, filing and organization skills.

Note: Tuition Remission Eligible

37302 | TBA

Legal Assistant Certificate

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Career Training Program Supervisor for more information.
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Recommended Classes (As Needed)

Many Legal Administrative Assistant jobs require competency in Microsoft Office applications. The following courses are recommended to compliment this certificate and strengthen your skills to prepare you for the workforce:

Class Name

Use Word for more complex tasks. Learn to format text in multiple columns and work with the intricacies of tables and charts. Explore customized formatting options with styles and themes for a more professional look. Manage lists, customize your Word environment and insert content using Quick Parts. Prerequisite: Word: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Note: This class uses version 2016. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

52142 | $249

Word: Intermediate - SPA-PD

4/13/17 - 4/20/17
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Joseph Sandoval
CE South Building

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Move beyond the basics with Excel. Link multiple worksheets/workbooks, outline and consolidate data, and create and use cell names for greater understanding and ease. Learn to sort and filter data, convert data ranges to tables and work with table formulas. Use hyperlinks, explore auditing and workbook protection features, and apply and create templates. Use backstage tools to modify application settings. Prerequisite: Excel: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Note: This class uses version 2016. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

52162 | $249

Excel: Intermediate - WIB-PD

3/14/17 - 3/21/17
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Joseph Sandoval
CE South Building

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Excel: Intermediate - WIC-PD

4/17/17 - 4/21/17
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Rick Berg
CE South Building

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Get Forensics Training Online Through West Virginia University

Forensics - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

This course has been designed to eliminate time spent preparing for the International Association for Identification (IAI) Level 1 Crime Scene Certification test by introducing students to textbook topics so they can better assess where their weaknesses lie. It is meant to serve as a supplement to textbook study, not a replacement.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIB-PD

37350
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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This course has been designed to eliminate time spent preparing for the International Association for Identification (IAI) Level 1 Crime Scene Certification test by introducing students to textbook topics so they can better assess where their weaknesses lie. It is meant to serve as a supplement to textbook study, not a replacement.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37350
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Forensic professionals are frequently in contact with blood and other bodily fluids that pose a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Since duties involve potential occupational exposure, forensic professionals are covered by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard written by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Part of this standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030) is required annual training. This training course is designed to be in compliance with the training requirements of the standard. One of the requirements of the annual training is that there be an open forum for questions and answers. To meet this requirement, a discussion board will be available for open communication. While this course is geared toward forensic professionals, anyone who has to take bloodborne pathogen training can take this course as well.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIB-PD

37351
$150
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Register Online for this Class

Forensic professionals are frequently in contact with blood and other bodily fluids that pose a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Since duties involve potential occupational exposure, forensic professionals are covered by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard written by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Part of this standard (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030) is required annual training. This training course is designed to be in compliance with the training requirements of the standard. One of the requirements of the annual training is that there be an open forum for questions and answers. To meet this requirement, a discussion board will be available for open communication. While this course is geared toward forensic professionals, anyone who has to take bloodborne pathogen training can take this course as well.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37351
$150
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

This course has been developed in response to the lack of formal ethics education specific to forensic science. While this course includes many basics, it also relates those ideas to the forensic science profession.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIB-PD

37352
$150
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Register Online for this Class

This course has been developed in response to the lack of formal ethics education specific to forensic science. While this course includes many basics, it also relates those ideas to the forensic science profession.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37352
$150
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Overview This class provides students with a basic, introductory overview of crime scene investigation. Background information and techniques necessary to perform analyses will be included in the course. The course units will allow students to understand the steps taken in a crime scene investigation, from the initial walk-through to documentation and types of evidence encountered. The course content will be applied using two virtual crime scenes with activities. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIA-PD

37353
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview This online course is being offered as an introduction to the basic principles of forensic photography. The units within this course will cover a brief history of photography, a thorough understanding of the principles behind photography and the techniques used for photographing certain types of crime scenes and evidence. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the importance of photography and how it is used as a way to document, preserve and identify evidence. Before entering a crime scene a forensic photographer should know what to look for and how to capture it. Through photographic methods and techniques, the photographer must also concentrate on creating an accurate portrayal of the scene as it is perceived. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIA-PD

37354
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview This online course serves as an introduction and basic overview of forensic drug chemistry. It covers a wide variety of topics associated with controlled substances, including the history of drug control and individual drugs, the structure of current drug laws in the United States, and specific analytical approaches for specific sample types. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIB-PD

37356
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Register Online for this Class

Overview This online course serves as an introduction and basic overview of forensic drug chemistry. It covers a wide variety of topics associated with controlled substances, including the history of drug control and individual drugs, the structure of current drug laws in the United States, and specific analytical approaches for specific sample types. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37356
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination was designed to discuss basic principles and procedures used in the latent print section of the forensic laboratory. The course provides an overview of the types of substrates, development techniques, and examination process that are currently seen and used in the latent print discipline. The content not only addresses practices and methods, but includes the proper handling and preservation of latent print evidence. Also, the course describes how examiners should present themselves and latent print evidence during courtroom testimony.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37357
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

While many people believe that bloodstain pattern analysis is a new discipline within the forensic science field, the examination of blood at violent crimes has been around for decades. The goal of this online course is to provide the student with a basic, introductory overview of bloodstain pattern analysis. Students will gain an introductory understanding to the presumptive tests used for blood, understanding basic patterns, and determining the area of origin of a bloodstain. Also, the documentation of bloodstains will be discussed The student will learn the background information and techniques necessary in performing analyses, but this will in no way replace the physical practice required when dealing with actual casework.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37358
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Overview This course serves as an orientation and overview to hair examination as it relates to DNA analysis. The materials in the course have been gathered to assist the student in learning the preliminaries of forensic hair examination and are in no way meant to be a complete hair course. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: State the value of microscopic hair examinations. Determine whether hairs are most likely suitable for nuclear or mitochondrial DNA analysis. State how hair grows and identify the growth phases. Discuss the value and limitations of animal hairs in the forensic context. Describe the methodology, experience, and factors of the evidence and examiner in relation to admissibility of hair evidence. Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.8 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf). Average completion time for the course is 28 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Why Conduct Hair Exams? Unit 2: Recovery and Collection of Hair Evidence Unit 3: Basic Microscopy Unit 4: Microscopical Hair Properties Unit 5: Is it Human or Animal? Unit 6: Race, Ancestry, and Ethnicity Unit 7: Body Area (Somatic Origin) Unit 8: Damage, Disease, and Treatment Unit 9: Suitability Unit 10: Examinations of Hair and DNA Unit 11: Legalities of Hair Evidence Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions Will I be ready for casework after completing the course? Answer: No. This course is an excellent starting point for more specialized training and practice in the discipline of hair examination. It is also beneficial to DNA Analysis to understand the basic principles of hair examination. Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz will open in a new window so you can review the course content information. How do I know that I have successfully completed all assignments? Answer: You may follow your progress by clicking on 'My Grades' in the left toolbar. If something does not have a grade or does not meet the 80% minimum standard, it must be completed. Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Quicktime; Adobe Flash Player; Java. There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. Course Reviews 'WVU's class titled, 'Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis' gave me a fundamental and essential understanding of hairs and trace evidence for my career. Before this class I had no prior education of forensics and this was perfect in terms of depth and overview for beginners. Having it online was a plus as well, it was nice to be able to have the ability to go at your own pace. I would suggest this class for anyone interested in getting a basic understanding of forensic hair evaluation.'

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIB-PD

37363
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Register Online for this Class

Overview This course serves as an orientation and overview to hair examination as it relates to DNA analysis. The materials in the course have been gathered to assist the student in learning the preliminaries of forensic hair examination and are in no way meant to be a complete hair course. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: State the value of microscopic hair examinations. Determine whether hairs are most likely suitable for nuclear or mitochondrial DNA analysis. State how hair grows and identify the growth phases. Discuss the value and limitations of animal hairs in the forensic context. Describe the methodology, experience, and factors of the evidence and examiner in relation to admissibility of hair evidence. Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 5.8 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf). Average completion time for the course is 28 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Why Conduct Hair Exams? Unit 2: Recovery and Collection of Hair Evidence Unit 3: Basic Microscopy Unit 4: Microscopical Hair Properties Unit 5: Is it Human or Animal? Unit 6: Race, Ancestry, and Ethnicity Unit 7: Body Area (Somatic Origin) Unit 8: Damage, Disease, and Treatment Unit 9: Suitability Unit 10: Examinations of Hair and DNA Unit 11: Legalities of Hair Evidence Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions Will I be ready for casework after completing the course? Answer: No. This course is an excellent starting point for more specialized training and practice in the discipline of hair examination. It is also beneficial to DNA Analysis to understand the basic principles of hair examination. Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz will open in a new window so you can review the course content information. How do I know that I have successfully completed all assignments? Answer: You may follow your progress by clicking on 'My Grades' in the left toolbar. If something does not have a grade or does not meet the 80% minimum standard, it must be completed. Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Quicktime; Adobe Flash Player; Java. There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. Course Reviews 'WVU's class titled, 'Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis' gave me a fundamental and essential understanding of hairs and trace evidence for my career. Before this class I had no prior education of forensics and this was perfect in terms of depth and overview for beginners. Having it online was a plus as well, it was nice to be able to have the ability to go at your own pace. I would suggest this class for anyone interested in getting a basic understanding of forensic hair evaluation.'

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section SPA-PD

37363
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Identify death scene personnel and their responsibilities Define documentation, photography, and the concept of, a chain of custody as they relate to death investigation Explain information that should be collected and documented concerning the decedent Identify the fundamentals of body evaluation and examination Demonstrate knowledge of scene responsibilities Define natural and trauma related deaths Identify scene exit procedures Explain the death investigator

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIA-PD

37364
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene discusses basic principles and procedures used in the forensic laboratory. It is designed to help the investigator or laboratory examiner understand instrumentation, standards and methods currently used, and the fundamental concepts of the laboratory environment, including the examination of evidence. The content not only addresses practices and methods, it also identifies the proper handling of evidence and precautions that should be utilized in the laboratory environment. After this introductory-level course, the student should understand the fundamentals of a forensic laboratory. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the role of the examiner in the forensic laboratory. Discuss methods and procedures used in analyzing evidence, among various forensic disciplines Recognize the instrumentation and processing techniques used in the examination of evidence Define the importance of safety in the laboratory. Identify resources that help the examiner better understand forensic principles. Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: Laboratory Considerations Unit 3: Fingerprint Processing and Evaluation Unit 4: Trace Evidence Unit 5: Firearms and Ammunition Unit 6: Impression Evidence Unit 7: Arson and Explosives Unit 8: Biological Material Unit 9: Drugs and Toxicology Unit 10: Computer Forensics Unit 11: Questioned Documents Examination Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this course. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions Why was a correct answer on a quiz, marked incorrect? Answer: Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer. However each quiz will be reviewed by the instructor in order to double check the system. The instructor is able to update your grade if necessary. Do I have to respond to the discussion questions? Answer: Yes, all discussion questions for this course are required and are graded. Who do I contact if I'm having problems with the course? Answer: If you are having trouble with registration or accessing the online course, please call OIT at 304-293-4444. Make sure you state that you are a non-credit eCampus student. If the problem is related to the course material, please email the instructor who will respond to your email as soon as possible. Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz opens in a new window so you can review the course information. Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Quicktime; Adobe Flash Player; Java. There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIA-PD

37366
$150
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview Mass spectrometry is used in nearly all branches of science and is one of the best analytical techniques used today. This is an intermediate course that discusses how the mass spectrometer works, how mass spectrometry is used in forensic science, and how to interpret mass spectra. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Define mass spectrometry and how it is used in forensic science Discuss the history of and pioneers in mass spectrometry List the basic components of the mass spectrometer Describe the different types of ionization sources, mass analyzers, and detectors Describe the different rules and aspects of mass spectra Discuss how the elemental composition and molecular ion help in interpretation Interpret basic mass spectra Describe the different hyphenated systems and new technologies Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.56 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf) Average completion time for the course is 31 hours. The instructor should be notified if an extension is required. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents: Unit 1: Mass Spectrometry: Introduction Unit 2: Ionization Sources Unit 3: Mass Analyzers Unit 4: Detectors Unit 5: Hyphenated Systems Unit 6: Forensic Applications Unit 7: Mass Spectral Interpretation Unit 8: Compound Classes & Functional Groups Unit 9: Future Trends in Mass Spectrometry Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Access to a mass spectrometer system is not required for this course. Frequently Asked Questions Do I need to have access to a mass spectrometer? Answer: No. The course is set up so that any part of the system you may need to view, you can through provided animations and screen shots. What level is this course geared toward? Answer: This course is at an intermediate level. Some prior knowledge of mass spectrometry and interpretation of spectra is recommended. Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the 'my grades' tab in the course once it has been updated. Computer Requirements: Mozilla Firefox; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Quicktime; Adobe Flash Player; Java. There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section WIA-PD

37367
$199
3/6/17 - 4/17/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Register Online for this Class

Overview This course has been designed to give students information about evaluating, interpreting, and reconstructing a shooting scene. The units within this course will cover a general overview of firearms/ammunition and their components, bullet path reconstruction theories and techniques, cartridge case ejection patterns, evidence collection, and firearm/ammunition testing, as well as gunshot wound examination. The course will also discuss the analysis of a shooting scene, and the appropriate mathematical equations to include within the analysis. Objectives - Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Differentiate between different categories of projectile impact Calculate the angle of impact from impacts Describe how vehicle windows and windshields react to bullet impact Discuss the variable conditions of ejection pattern tests Describe the different analytic methods used for GSR Understand the holistic approach to shooting reconstruction Recognize the distinguishing characteristics of different ranges of gunshot wounds Discuss the factors affecting the appearance of gunshot wounds Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 4.36 ILUs. Average completion time for the course is 24 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: The Principles of Shooting Reconstruction Unit 2: An Overview of Firearms and Ballistics Unit 3: Ammunition Unit 4: Mathematics Unit 5: Bullet Holes and Impact Sites Unit 6: Bullet Path Reconstruction Unit 7: Shooting Incidents Involving Motor Vehicles Unit 8: Cartridge Case Ejection Patterns Unit 9: Gunshot Residue and Other Trace Evidence Unit 10: Shooting Scene Analysis Unit 11: Evidence Collection Unit 12: Firearm and Ammunition Testing Unit 13: Gunshot Wounds Unit 14: Shooting Reconstruction in Court Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Macromedia Flash Player, Java (Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course). Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. Course Reviews 'I have been in the field of Law Enforcement and Forensics for over 25 years. I have amassed thousands of hours of training during that period. Having participated in three forensic programs offered by WVU, I wish to comment on the experience that I have had. The courses are very well constructed, and the goals are reasonable and attainable if you stay with the process. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and are willing to help on any issue. I have participated in many different courses using different formats in the way the courses were taught. My WVU experience was one of the best I have had in my career. The program should be used by as many people in the field as possible.'

Note: UNM Tuition Eligible under Professional Development

Section SPA-PD

37370
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

Overview: This online course addresses expert testimony with an open mind towards broadening the perspective of how to be a scientist in the legal arena, as well as improving expert witness capabilities on the stand. Inevitably, there is a clash of professional cultures, and this course is intended to provide a broader perspective of the varying viewpoints. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the differences between an expert and lay witness. Discuss the difference between civil and criminal cases. Define discovery and depositions. Describe the different cultures of law enforcement officers, scientists, and lawyers. Describe how an expert witness should prepare for testimony. Discuss why laying the foundation of the expert's science is important. Describe how to prepare for cross-examination. Discuss how to respond to cross-examination. Describe the ethical issues and problems experts face. Describe unethical conduct. Course Structure and Schedule: Average completion time for the class is 15 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents: Unit 1: Overview of Expert Testimony & Being an Expert Witness Unit 2: Attorneys & Scientists - A Natural Friction Unit 3: Preparation for Expert Witness Testimony Unit 4: Direct Examination Unit 5: Cross-Examination Unit 6: Important Cases for the Expert Witness Unit 7: Ethics. Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions: Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the 'my grades' tab in the course once it has been updated. Computer Requirements: Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Macromedia Flash Player, and Java (Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.). Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/' . Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus stude. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Course Reviews: I did enjoy both classes that I signed up for - Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Principles of Death Investigation. Upon completion of the courses I emailed both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal to thank them for their enthusiasm, insight, and comprehensive coverage of the subject matter. In most areas of Law Enforcement a person with my years of service (30 years) is considered a 'dinosaur or relic' and past the point of being interested or teachable in most if not all matters concerning the various aspects of Law Enforcement. While this belief has certainly been true with me as of late, I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal as well as to WVU for providing courses related to my current assignment and for re-kindling my interest. I found both courses informative and challenging, and I believe that I took away valuable information that will be of use to me as I continue on the path that I started on three decades ago. While participating in both courses I realized that for the first time in 2-4 years that I will miss my job when I'm forced to retire in a little over 15 months. I again want to thank all involved for reaffirming that the career choice I made so many years ago, was the right one.

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Section SPA-PD

37379
$199
5/1/17 - 6/12/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
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Registration for this section opens 4/1/17

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