Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation CSI

Challenge reference: 4520

Notional learning hours  10
Level E1
Subject area
Preparing for Adulthood pathway
Skill
Learning aim

The learner will be able to carry out some basic crime scene investigation skills and to understand why a crime scene technician must wear special protective clothing.

Learning context

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Learning outcomes

What the learner needs to know, understand or be able to do

The learner will:

  1. Be able to record fingerprints and identify whirl, loop and arch forms in the fingerprint.

  2. Be able to carry out paper chromatography in ink or fibre tip pen.

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Assessment criteria

What the learner need to demonstrate in order to meet the learning outcome

The learner can:

    • Use an ink pad to record their own fingerprints
    • Identify loops, whirls and arches in their own fingerprints or from a prepared example
    • Use a filter paper strip to prepare a sample for chromatography using ink or fibre tip pen
    • Suspend the chromatography strip and use water or other solvent to carry out the chromatography process
    • Judge when to remove the chromatogram from the solvent 
    • Compare several chromatograms and identify which have been produced from the same ink/pen
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