Forensic CSI: Investigating Water Related Deaths

Forensic CSI: Learn How to Investigate Drowning Deaths and Recognize Related Evidence.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

ADDED NEW MATERIALS (DOWNLOAD) AND LECTURES MARCH 2016

NEW LECTURE (LECTURE 16) ADDED APRIL 1 2015

Added new lecture about expert testimony from a forensic expert who specializes in water related deaths. She has testified in many cases including the Drew Peterson case. Read about it in lecture 16.

NEW DOWNLOADABLE DEATH AND INVESTIGATIONS GUIDE MARCH 25 2015

Just uploaded new downloadable material, A Guide for Manner of Death Classification. This is a 30 page guide that will help you understand how and why drowning deaths are classified.

NEW LECTURE ADDED MARCH 1 2015

Lecture about the importance of continued forensic training is included. Training is the #1 way you can set yourself apart from others competing for the same forensic position.

COURSE UPDATED FEBRUARY 8 2015

NEW CASE ADDED!

Enroll in this course and get ready to launch your forensic career!

In this course you will learn how to investigate drowning deaths and gain valuable skills so you can start your CSI career!

Drowning is defined as death occurring within 24 hours of a submersion event. Death by drowning is very common and it can occur in fresh or saltwater.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE INCLUDES IMAGES SOME MAY CONSIDER GRAPHIC AND/OR DISTURBING. BY REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT THE ABOVE NOTICE.

This course will explain the common process of a drowning death, how the body reacts to this process, and the most common forensic evidence observed in bodies pulled from water. Learning from these lectures will help you gain a better understanding that not all victims found in water are a result of drowning. As a crime scene investigator you will experience and be witness to many types of scenes--including water related scenes. Taking this course can prepare you for what you may encounter related to a water related scene and what evidence you may be required to collect and document.

The course will also review the challenges facing a forensic pathologist in determining a drowning diagnosis, which will help you understand why forensic evidence is so important in cases and what type of information you can get from evidence. Knowing the many challenges forensic pathologists face, you will have a better understanding of what pathologists need to do their job and as a result you become a better and stronger team member.

Benefits of Taking This Course

Knowledge. Case studies and scene pictures are reviewed so you will be able to reinforce the concepts introduced throughout earlier lectures. This results in you having a better appreciation with these unique scenes.

Experience. You want a forensic career but how do you get experience? Knowing different aspects of forensic investigations and circumstances increases your analytical skills needed in forensic science.

Terminology. As a forensic student working toward becoming a forensic professional, you need to know the forensic language. Understanding what you're reading--professional journal article or autopsy report--provides professional proof. You can speak the 'forensic talk'.

Certificate. After completing this course, make sure your print the certificate. This is another way to boost your credentials as a serious forensic students.

Although prior knowledge of medical terminology and the forensic investigation process is recommended, it is not required for this course because the terms will be explained and defined the terminology. Knowing these forensic terms increases your overall learning experience and increase your comprehension when reading case reports.

This course has over 10 supplemental materials which will reinforce the concepts introduced.

Training is important and should be part of your overall plan in launching your forensic career. Use this course as part of your training hours listed on your resume.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE INCLUDES IMAGES SOME MAY CONSIDER GRAPHIC AND/OR DISTURBING. BY REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT THE ABOVE NOTICE.

Enroll now and start training for your forensic career. And don't forget: once you've completed this course you can place this training topic on your resume along with the completed certificate!

What are the requirements?

  • Internet Connection
  • Computer
  • Forensic Science Interest

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be able to place training hours on your resume
  • Learn common terminology related to water related deaths
  • Be knowledgeable of the types of drowning
  • Become familiar with investigative techniques
  • Be able to explain biological changes affecting water related death victim
  • Recognize pathological findings associated with water deaths
  • Understand the challenges associated with “water forensics”
  • Gain experience for entry level forensic positions

What is the target audience?

  • Recent College Graduate
  • Recent High School Graduate
  • Anyone Interested in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Teachers
  • Those Interested in Science
  • Students needing forensic training

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
Welcome
Article
Section 2: Introduction
Introduction
Preview
Article
05:15

Introduction to instructor and course outline.


Brief Background of Instructor. Who is Terri Armenta?
Why was this course developed?
Review of the Course Outline
What is Forensic Training Unlimited?

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Bonus Content: Introductory Case
Article
Section 3: Course Objectives
01:43

Course Objectives are the outcomes you will be knowledgeable of when you have completed the course.

Section 4: Course Definitions
Course Definitions
Article
Section 5: Types of Drowning
02:35

There are different types of drowning. Wet drowning is the primary topic of this course, however, a special focus is placed upon Delayed Drowning (next section).

Immersion Syndrome will be covered during Diagnostic Process.

Section 6: Special Focus: Delayed Drowning
Special Focus Delayed Drowning
01:53
Children and Delayed/Dry Drowning
Article
Section 7: Case Review: Death Due to Delayed Drowning
04:54

This lecture reviews case study of a male found dead in his bed after falling. The victim was able to walk to his house and was found dead on his bed.

Lecture introduces the topic of Paradoxical Undressing. You will find supportive study material about this syndrome in this section of of notes (see Lecture Video Paradoxical Undressing).

Section 8: Biology of Drowning
05:43

This lecture gives a brief summary of the biology of drowning.

Section 9: Stages of Drowning
03:47

There are 5 stages the body will experience before actual death occurs.

Section 10: After Drowning: What Happens to Body
01:01

This lecture reviews the process that occurs after the initial drowning.

Section 11: After Drowning: Decomposition
03:08

When Does Decomposition Begin?


Often a body will remain on the seabed for some time before it is brought up to the surface by the various kinds of gas that will leave the body bloated as it decomposes.
(Forensics in Water, January 2014).

Bonus Content: Linda Sobek Case
Article
Section 12: Investigative Questions
Investigative Questions
08:07
2 pages

Andrea Zaferes is forensic expert and has testified in many cases. She is considered an expert witness for aquatic death. drowning accident, scuba diving, and homicidal drowning. She teaches public safety diving, underwater vehicle extrication, aquatic death and homicidal drowning investigations, surface ice rescue, rescue diver, and diving instructor training, and has presented in many conferences I've attended, paying particular attention of how investigators can often miss key pieces of evidence that point to a drowning case.

Here she gives expert testimony in the Drew Peterson case.

Section 13: Pathology Findings
Pathology Findings
10:03
29 pages

This is a 30 page guide with investigative terminology, relative descriptions of modes and manner of deaths, general death principles, and recommendations for death cases.

Section 14: Diagnostic Process
Diagnostic Process
11:15
Section 15: Alive or Dead?
Diatoms
3 pages
Section 16: Case Studies
Case Study: Challenges Associated with Water Related Deaths
Article
Section 17: Thank You!
THANK YOU
Article
2 pages

This article, from Evidence Technology Magazine, summarizes the value of your involvement in YOUR training.

Training is important to get yourself established as THE VERY BEST candidate for a forensic position.

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Instructor Biography

Terri Armenta, Online Instructor, Career Specialist, Educator, and Mentor.

Your Success is My Goal. I've been teaching for over 15 years, specifically in Forensic Science, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice courses, as well as being a career mentor. During this time I've been an adjunct professor for several local colleges, a guest lecturer for a major organization, and have had the pleasure of teaching students of various ages and backgrounds.

What Do You Want to Learn?

Would you like to learn how to start a forensic career?

Are you wondering how to investigate a crime scene?

Wondering how to start networking with (forensic) professionals?

Looking for ways in how to market your resume?

Wondering how to create and develop a professional portfolio?

Looking for courses to help you train in becoming a forensic professional?

As a credentialed teacher, I've had my students investigate mock crime scenes, created a hands-on forensic training curriculum for both high school and college students, introduced forensic techniques via hands-on training laboratory activities, facilitated career seminars, and sponsored student involvement in professional workshops.

In addition, I created a niche of providing guidance to students by developing on-site career training courses, providing guides of how students can market their resumes and find internships, advising students the pros/cons of social media in marketing their career, and teaching the #1 secret to getting noticed on LinkedIn (believe it or not, many students still don't use LinkedIn for career creation or career advancement).

Several years ago, I realized the need of continued training for students interested in starting a career in forensic science, thus I founded Forensic Training Unlimited LLC (FTU), which is located in Southern California. FTU offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, and online training courses specifically designed for students who want a career as a forensic professional. Currently, many of my former students are now working as Crime Scene Investigators, Death Investigators, Private Investigator, Forensic Nurses, Forensic Technicians, Autopsy Attendants, Fingerprint Specialists, and in various law enforcement positions.

I have several POST (Peace Officers Standards of Training) certificates, have trained with the Los Angeles County Coroner, Orange County (CA) Sheriff Department, and hold professional memberships in Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers, International Association for Identification, Latino Peace Officers Association, and the California State Division of the International Association of Identification. Lastly, I have a MS in Forensic Investigations.

I am passionate about bringing students closer to their forensic career goals and I'm proud to be considered a career mentor to students--of any age.

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