Forensic Toxicology Instrumentation Techniques & Applications
Jan. 11, 2016 - May. 2, 2016Register Now
Courses Held on Mondays | January 11th through May 2nd
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(lecturers subject to substitution)
The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education offers a certificate program in forensic toxicology for laboratory personnel who have laboratory and/or casework experience in the area of forensic toxicology. This unique program begins with an overview of forensic toxicology, essential elements of functional groups chemistry and basic analytical chemistry. This is followed by a more in-depth presentation of screening techniques, sample preparation techniques necessary for instrumental analysis, and post-mortem forensic toxicology. The course continues with in-depth presentations of chromatographic techniques, mass spectrometry, aspects of qualitative and quantitative analysis. The course finishes with a discussion of the new emerging technologies used in toxicology with a final presentation on quality assurance and lab accreditation.
The course is designed to reinforce current principles and practices in analytical toxicology with an emphasis on proper techniques of quality assurance, method development and validation.
Students must have a bachelors degree in life science, AND at least six months experience working full-time at the bench in the field of analytical toxicology or chemistry. Course work should include General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods, and Statistics for Physical Sciences. Qualified students not meeting these requirements may be admitted with a waiver by the Course Director.
The faculty is composed of scientists involved in forensic toxicology and analytical chemistry. These scientists are familiar with the day-to-day challenges required to understand and effectively use these techniques.
Students will be provided with access to CHROMcademy, an online chromatography/mass spectrometry teaching tool.
Students must show satisfactory performance in a series of quizzes, online assignments, a midterm exam and a term paper, and performance in a final exam to receive a Certificate of Course Completion.
How are the exams administered for those that are taking the course online?
For online participants, the exams will be administered during the 6-9PM EST time slot that the course is offered. The exam will be delivered to you via a Dropbox account that all participants in the class have access to at 6PM EST. The exam will then need to be re-uploaded into the Dropbox or emailed back to the professor before 9PM EST. There is no need to be present in class during exam days!
Is it possible to miss a class and then make it up later on?
The lecture material is recorded every class and available to all participants for viewing as needed, so missing one class would not be an issue as long and the lecture video is viewed before the next class. We do recommend that you attend each lecture during the dedicated time slot for on-demand access to the professors for questions, etc.