Each assignment that a student submits is to be between a minimum of two full pages and a maximum of three full pages in length (no more, no less), with double-spacing, MS Word’s default margins, and 12 pt. Times New Roman font in MS Word format. However, each assignment is then to be saved and submitted as a .pdf file so that it can easily be opened and read.
At the top of the first page, the student is to provide a one-line header with his or her name as it appears on the class roster, the assignment number and the date of the submission, e.g.: John Sanchez, Assignment 1, January 29.
The first double-spaced paragraph then follows below. Please use at least three paragraphs per page. Points are deducted for assignments that are not responsive to the topic, do not follow directions, contain poor punctuation, syntax, grammar, or spelling, or are not an accurate and thorough analysis of the topic. Footnotes, end notes, or a works cited page is not needed. Students are not to collaborate with or receive help from anyone else in these assignments. See the discussion regarding academic misconduct below.
Each assignment is worth a maximum of 10 points and based on the Gaensslen textbook. Late assignments are not accepted unless there is a reason that I have approved. See “Makeups” in the syllabus. Try to submit assignments on the first day possible—Monday— instead of waiting until the last moment on Tuesday.
Assignment: Please answer the following:
1. What factors need to be considered when collecting known (control) samples?
2. Describe several different approaches that are used by QD examiners to detect the presence of alterations and erasures on paper documents.
3. Describe three different approaches that can be used to determine the age of a questioned document and their value to an investigation.