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Forensic Document Examination Distance Study Course

Foundation Skills
  • Knowledge of handwriting methodology
  • handwriting characteristics
  • printing characteristics
  • inks
  • writing instruments
  • fonts
  • type styles
  • paper
  • printing devices
  • forms and letterheads
  • comparative analysis techniques
  • ethics and professionalism
Gathering Evidence
  • Chain of custody
  • standards of comparison
  • document data
  • document formatting
Handwriting
  • Cursive writing
  • signatures
  • hand printing
  • numerals
  • influences on handwriting
  • influences on letter design
  • disguised writing
  • direction of movement
  • line sequences
Falsified Documents
  • Document altering techniques
  • counterfeit documents
  • fabricated documents
Paper and Media
  • Characteristics of watermarks and paper
  • production characteristics of paper
  • physical characteristics of paper.
Impact and Non-Impact Images
  • Copy machines
  • fax machines
  • typewriters
  • latent images
  • printers
  • imaging devices (rubber stamps…)
  • non-impact pre-printed
  • security features
Laboratory Instruments
  • Use of microscopes
  • magnifiers
  • video spectrum devices
  • electrostatic devices
  • photography
  • light sources
  • measuring devices
  • other equipment
Evaluating Evidence
  • Evaluate analyses performed
  • expressing opinions
  • preparing reports
  • preparing for testimony
Legal Procedures
  • Defining legal terms
  • legal proceedings
  • legal precedents