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FSP 103: Document and Handwriting Examination

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March Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th March 2024

The Document & Handwriting Examination Online Course offered by SIFS India is meticulously crafted to help you gain expertise to examine questioned handwriting and documents to discover hidden truths.

You will learn to differentiate forged signatures and handwriting from real ones, analyze handwriting styles, and detect alterations.

All the pre-recorded sessions are delivered by seasoned instructors to help you develop essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in the field of forensic document examination.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: document examination basics, including history and principles, significance and techniques of photographing documents, factors affecting handwriting, handwriting characteristics, types of paper, evaluation of different types of handwriting forgeries, types of electronic signatures, writing instruments, types of alterations, types of printing, font anatomy, security features on various IDs like PAN cards, voter IDs, etc.; art forgery detection; and document examination instruments.

So join us and begin your journey to decipher the secrets written in ink and concealed within documents.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course provides you with a unique skill set that is in high demand in the fields of law enforcement, legal, and investigative agencies. You will gain skills to detect forged signatures, altered documents, and check the authenticity of the questioned evidence. This invaluable knowledge will open doors to a rewarding career path.

Course Outcome

Upon completing this course successfully, you will be equipped with the expertise to assess the authenticity and integrity of documents. You will be able to compare questioned and known samples with ease, assist in criminal investigations, and provide expert testimony during legal proceedings.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions with practical insights

- Cutting-edge document examination techniques

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Seasoned faculty with extensive experience in forensic document analysis

- Community of forensic experts and professionals

- Career enhancement prospects in this specialized field

  • Level I : Document & Handwriting Examination

    MODULE 1 – QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    This module explores an overview of questioned document examination, its scope and challenges, the role of questioned document examiners, the qualifications needed to excel, and the historical significance of this field. You will also learn about the principles of forensic document examination, techniques to collect and preserve documents as evidence, the distinction between standards and exemplars, and the scientific examination of questioned documents. Finally, you will gain insights about how to present examination reports in court and the common problems faced by experts in this field.

    MODULE 2 – HANDWRITING

    This module will focus on the significance of handwriting as an identifying feature, control and coordination of the brain and handwriting (a neurological aspect), historical evolution, and the study of different types of writing instruments. You will also learn about various handwriting analysis systems and factors affecting handwriting, including external and internal influences, natural variations, and fundamental divergence in handwriting, equipping you with a deep understanding of the art and science of deciphering handwriting in forensic investigations.

    MODULE 3 – HANDWRITING EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will gain insights about the history, purpose, and principles of handwriting examination, the characteristics of handwriting, including class and individual characteristics, and the different types of cases encountered in handwriting identification, including disguised and simulated writing, traced writing, indented handwriting, secret writing, and writing on charred documents. The module also focuses on the collection of handwriting samples, handwriting examination techniques, report writing, and common problems faced during the examination process.

    MODULE 4 – IDENTIFICATION OF SIGNATURES AND FORGERIES

    This module focuses on signature forgeries and their forensic examination, an introduction to penmanship, different forms of signature, the history of signature-related forgeries, the distinction between genuine and forged signatures, factors affecting signatures, and techniques of producing forged signatures like traced forgeries, simulated forgeries, spurious signatures, spouses' imitation, and forgery by transplantation. The module also covers identification and examination of forged signatures, evaluation of non-original signatures, assisted or guided signatures, common problems encountered during signature analysis, and types of electronic signatures.

    MODULE 5 – OTHER TYPES OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS AND THEIR EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about document types and their historical significance in forensic investigations, alterations in documents, including obliteration, addition, deletion, or erasure, intended documents (writing instrument impressions on sheets below the sheet with writing), techniques to decipher information from charred documents (fire damaged), anonymous letter analysis, secret writing analysis to decipher concealed messages, and holographic and allographic documents, highlighting the distinctive features and analysis of handwritten and non-handwritten documents.

  • Level II : Document & Handwriting Examination

    MODULE 1 – QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    This module explores an overview of questioned document examination, its scope and challenges, the role of questioned document examiners, the qualifications needed to excel, and the historical significance of this field. You will also learn about the principles of forensic document examination, techniques to collect and preserve documents as evidence, the distinction between standards and exemplars, and the scientific examination of questioned documents. Finally, you will gain insights about how to present examination reports in court and the common problems faced by experts in this field.

    MODULE 2 – HANDWRITING

    This module will focus on the significance of handwriting as an identifying feature, control and coordination of the brain and handwriting (a neurological aspect), historical evolution, and the study of different types of writing instruments. You will also learn about various handwriting analysis systems and factors affecting handwriting, including external and internal influences, natural variations, and fundamental divergence in handwriting, equipping you with a deep understanding of the art and science of deciphering handwriting in forensic investigations.

    MODULE 3 – HANDWRITING EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will gain insights about the history, purpose, and principles of handwriting examination, the characteristics of handwriting, including class and individual characteristics, and the different types of cases encountered in handwriting identification, including disguised and simulated writing, traced writing, indented handwriting, secret writing, and writing on charred documents. The module also focuses on the collection of handwriting samples, handwriting examination techniques, report writing, and common problems faced during the examination process.

    MODULE 4 – IDENTIFICATION OF SIGNATURES AND FORGERIES

    This module focuses on signature forgeries and their forensic examination, an introduction to penmanship, different forms of signature, the history of signature-related forgeries, the distinction between genuine and forged signatures, factors affecting signatures, and techniques of producing forged signatures like traced forgeries, simulated forgeries, spurious signatures, spouses' imitation, and forgery by transplantation. The module also covers identification and examination of forged signatures, evaluation of non-original signatures, assisted or guided signatures, common problems encountered during signature analysis, and types of electronic signatures.

    MODULE 5 – WRITING/PRINTING INSTRUMENTS AND EXAMINATION OF DOCUMENTS PRODUCED

    This module will explore various writing instruments like the pen and pencil, including their historical significance, types, and comparative examination of features. The typewriter segment includes its history, classification, types and their working, identification of typists and duplicate typescripts, and examination of typewritten documents. The printer section includes its history, classification, various types, and examination of printed documents. You will then explore the concept of photocopies, which includes their history, the workings of photocopiers, and the examination of photocopied documents. Finally, the module concludes with knowledge about fax machines, their history, the examination of fax documents (manipulated faxes, fax handwriting, and fax machine defects), and the role of cameras and scanners in document reproduction.

    MODULE 6 – OTHER TYPES OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS AND THEIR EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about document types and their historical significance in forensic investigations, alterations in documents, including obliteration, addition, deletion, or erasure, intended documents (writing instrument impressions on sheets below the sheet with writing), techniques to decipher information from charred documents (fire damaged), anonymous letter analysis, secret writing analysis to decipher concealed messages, and holographic and allographic documents, highlighting the distinctive features and analysis of handwritten and non-handwritten documents.

    MODULE 7 – SECURITY FEATURES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOCUMENTS

    This module explores security features in different types of documents and related features you must have for forensic analysis, including a PAN card, TAN card, voter ID card, and driving license. You will then explore passport documents and stamp and e-stamp paper, which are crucial within legal and financial contexts. You will also learn to scrutinize bankers  checks, th importance of QR codes and Bar codes, and identification features found on Indian and other currencies. Finally, the module concludes with know-how about seals and seal impressions and their significance in verifying the authenticity of documents.

    MODULE 8 – TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS USED IN DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about techniques and a wide range of basic instruments used in document examination, including magnifying glass and lenses, scales for precise measurements, a camera microscope to capture high-quality images, a stereomicroscope for three-dimensional observation, and a comparison microscope for side-by-side comparisons. The module also covers advanced instrumentation like the video spectral comparator (VSC) and the electrostatic detection apparatus (ESDA); the usage of visible light, ultra-violet, and infra-red rays for revealing hidden features and security elements, and analytical techniques like chromatography and spectrometry.

  • Level III : Document & Handwriting Examination

    MODULE 1 – QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    This module explores an overview of questioned document examination, its scope and challenges, the role of questioned document examiners, the qualifications needed to excel, and the historical significance of this field. You will also learn about the principles of forensic document examination, techniques to collect and preserve documents as evidence, the distinction between standards and exemplars, and the scientific examination of questioned documents. Finally, you will gain insights about how to present examination reports in court and the common problems faced by experts in this field.

    MODULE 2 – PHOTOGRAPHY OF DOCUMENT

    In this module, you will learn about forensic photography of document evidence, its importance for recording, and photographing conventional and unconventional surfaces using various photographic techniques. You will also learn about the components of cameras and light sources to capture high-quality images, photomicrography to capture microscopic details, and finally, the module concludes with the role of image processing to enhance and analyze photographic evidence.

    MODULE 3 – HANDWRITING

    This module will focus on the significance of handwriting as an identifying feature, control and coordination of the brain and handwriting (a neurological aspect), historical evolution, and the study of different types of writing instruments. You will also learn about various handwriting analysis systems and factors affecting handwriting, including external and internal influences, natural variations, and fundamental divergence in handwriting, equipping you with a deep understanding of the art and science of deciphering handwriting in forensic investigations.

    MODULE 4 – HANDWRITING EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will gain insights about the history, purpose, and principles of handwriting examination, the characteristics of handwriting, including class and individual characteristics, and the different types of cases encountered in handwriting identification, including disguised and simulated writing, traced writing, indented handwriting, secret writing, and writing on charred documents. The module also focuses on the collection of handwriting samples, handwriting examination techniques, report writing, and common problems faced during the examination process.

    MODULE 5 – IDENTIFICATION OF SIGNATURES AND FORGERIES

    This module focuses on signature forgeries and their forensic examination, an introduction to penmanship, different forms of signature, the history of signature-related forgeries, the distinction between genuine and forged signatures, factors affecting signatures, and techniques of producing forged signatures like traced forgeries, simulated forgeries, spurious signatures, spouses' imitation, and forgery by transplantation. The module also covers identification and examination of forged signatures, evaluation of non-original signatures, assisted or guided signatures, common problems encountered during signature analysis, and types of electronic signatures.

    MODULE 6 – PAPER AND INK ANALYSIS

    In this module, you will learn about paper and ink examination, its evolution within a forensic context, visual examination of paper (color, finish or surfaces, watermarks, cutting, size, rounded corners, padded or loose attributes, and book binders with stitch or wire marks), physical examination aspects (thickness, wove or laid paper, paper opacity, and wire marks), and chemical examination like paper composition and characteristics. Finally, you will learn about types of ink and their composition, destructive and non-destructive identification techniques, and the dating of paper and ink.

    MODULE 7 – WRITING/PRINTING INSTRUMENTS AND EXAMINATION OF DOCUMENTS PRODUCED

    This module will explore various writing instruments like the pen and pencil, including their historical significance, types, and comparative examination of features. The typewriter segment includes its history, classification, types and their working, identification of typists and duplicate typescripts, and examination of typewritten documents. The printer section includes its history, classification, various types, and examination of printed documents. You will then explore the concept of photocopies, which includes their history, the workings of photocopiers, and the examination of photocopied documents. Finally, the module concludes with knowledge about fax machines, their history, the examination of fax documents (manipulated faxes, fax handwriting, and fax machine defects), and the role of cameras and scanners in document reproduction.

    MODULE 8 – OTHER TYPES OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS AND THEIR EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about document types and their historical significance in forensic investigations, alterations in documents, including obliteration, addition, deletion, or erasure, intended documents (writing instrument impressions on sheets below the sheet with writing), techniques to decipher information from charred documents (fire damaged), anonymous letter analysis, secret writing analysis to decipher concealed messages, and holographic and allographic documents, highlighting the distinctive features and analysis of handwritten and non-handwritten documents.

    MODULE 9 – PRINTING TECHNOLOGY

    This module covers an overview of printing technology, its evolution and significance in forensic document analysis, distinctive features of various types of printing (letterpress/relief, lithography, gravure/intaglio, raised, and screen printing), and identification features of printing used by forensic experts to identify and analyze printed materials, along with the complexities involved in the examination of printed documents.

    MODULE 10 – TYPOGRAPHY AND CHECK WRITER

    In this module, you will learn about typography and check writers, the history of typography within forensic context, font anatomy (parts of type, type classification system, font size measurement, and line spacing), measuring fonts in reinsertion cases, and factors affecting typographic line spacing. The module also covers horizontal measurement to evaluate typewritten and printed materials, an overview of check writers, and mechanical check writers, including impression components, specialized machines, and impression formats. Finally, you will learn about make and mode differentiation, showcasing the methodologies used to distinguish and identify specific check-writing machines and the role of check writers in document alteration.

    MODULE 11 – SECURITY FEATURES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOCUMENTS

    This module explores security features in different types of documents and related features you must have for forensic analysis, including a PAN card, TAN card, voter ID card, and driving license. You will then explore passport documents and stamp and e-stamp paper, which are crucial within legal and financial contexts. You will also learn to scrutinize bankers  checks, th importance of QR codes and Bar codes, and identification features found on Indian and other currencies. Finally, the module concludes with know-how about seals and seal impressions and their significance in verifying the authenticity of documents.

    MODULE 12 – ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING DOCUMENTS VERIFICATION

    In this module, you will learn about the identification of various financial documents, including bank statements, driving license examinations, and PAN cards. The module also explores the forensic significance of passports and the examination of telephone bills and electricity bills, showcasing their role in verifying identity and transactions. This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and analyze a range of documents used in financial and identification contexts.

    MODULE 13 – ART FORGERY

    This module explores the world of art forgery, techniques used for detecting forgery and identifying genuine artworks, the historical evolution of this field and its impact on the world, art crime, art theft, and the distinction between copying and forging the original art piece. You will gain insights about forgers like dealers and artists and the scientific detection of fake and forged art, including techniques like Dendrochronology, X-ray analysis, White-Lead Testing, Stable Isotope Analysis, Craquelure examination, Carbon Dating, Digital Authentication, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), Inductive Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), and Wavelet Decomposition.

    MODULE 14 – TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS USED IN DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

    In this module, you will learn about techniques and a wide range of basic instruments used in document examination, including magnifying glass and lenses, scales for precise measurements, a camera microscope to capture high-quality images, a stereomicroscope for three-dimensional observation, and a comparison microscope for side-by-side comparisons. The module also covers advanced instrumentation like the video spectral comparator (VSC) and the electrostatic detection apparatus (ESDA); the usage of visible light, ultra-violet, and infra-red rays for revealing hidden features and security elements, and analytical techniques like chromatography and spectrometry.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this online course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

  • How do I login to the portal for my online course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Elizabethan Play Manuscript Case Study

"Kynge Leare" was written by William Shakespeare. 

In 1795, a person named Mr. Ireland claimed to own a new version of the above-mentioned manuscript. 

Edward Malone, in 1796, published a refutation of this document. He discovered that there are pages in this questioned document bearing twenty different watermarks. 

He doubted why a person of such caliber would do such a thing. He would have secured only one type of paper for his work. 

Only a person who wants to fake Elizabethan play 200 years later would search for old paper scraps from the pages (written and blank) of old manuscripts. 

In 1805, the forger confessed his misdeed and agreed to have done exactly what Malone interpreted. He paid a bookseller to take blank pages from the older volumes in his shop.

George Dwayne Dixon

5

It has been a great experience thus far, SIFS INDIA is well-equipped with all the tools needed for my advancement in the field of Questioned Document Examination.

Kigongo Melvins

5

This was a great experience to know more things and explore more knowledge about the handwriting and signature analysis which is helpful for me. Thank you so much SIFS INDIA for brushing up us to shine later in the future. 

Sonam Mishra

4

This course is so informative for me ,the best time utilized by joining this course. Learn so many new things from this and also did some practice which is more interesting. I'm glad that I become a part of this.

Ananshi Saini

5

I really enjoyed my course. It was all based on researched content which enhanced my knowledge. Faculties were really helpful.
Gonna join more course like this in future.

Jyotsna

4

Full of knowledge. Clearance of all the doubt . Best platform for forensic courses.

 

Instructors

Afreen Tarannum

Afreen Tarannum

Senior Scientific Officer
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director
Poonam Rambhau Game

Poonam Rambhau Game

Forensic Analyst
Ruchika Dwivedi

Ruchika Dwivedi

Assitant Professor, JECRC

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