Handwriting analysis interview

For this interview my original investigations partner, India, was away so for this piece I worked with Christian.

Christian:Underlined: Interviewer

Lilli: Normal: Interview

Hello every one! I hope you have all been well, and welcome to another episode of Integrated Interviews! Today I will be interviewing Lilli, a handwriting analyser. So please give a warm welcome to Lilli!

Thankyou Christian.

Do you mind if I ask you a few questions about what you have been doing in your Forensic career?

No, I don’t mind at all. Just don’t bombard me with questions.

Ok, let’s get started.

How do you compare handwriting?

I use the 12 characteristics of handwriting. They are line quality, word and letter spacing, letter height width and size, pen lifts and separation, connecting strokes, beginning  and ending strokes, unusual letter formation, pen pressure or shading, letter, word and punctuation slant, baseline habits, flourishes and embellishments and diacritic placement such as placement of i dots and t crosses.

What is the most recognizable characteristics?

Probably the height, width and size of the letters and the baseline habits- which is where the word is positioned- on the line, above the line or below the line.

What is the most common mistake made when forging handwriting?

The pen pressure- which is how hard the pen is pressed on the surface- and the diacritic placement- which is the placement of i dots and t crosses.

Why are handwriting samples helpful?

They can help identify  a criminal, because handwriting is unique to every person.

Where can handwriting samples be found?

The most common samples come from victims, such as writing on a calendar or notes lying around a house. Criminals very rarely give samples.

What do you compare samples too?

To other criminal samples or forgery.

Are handwriting samples vital evidence?

No, because other forms of identification can be used.

Are criminal handwriting samples found often?

No, because they would have to be really really really silly to even write a threat.

Human Traits Graph

During Integrated Studies one day we were given a dossier to work in work in with  our Forensic Science topic this term. Since the  we have worked through the many pages and one day found an interesting sheet. We had to make a Human Traits Graph. We had the following questions:

How many out of 23 students:

Have detached earlobes

Can role their tongue

Have dimple

Are right handed

Have freckles

Have curly hair

Have a cleft chin

Have allergies

Cross their left thumb over their right thumb when they clasp thier hands together

And can see colours

We tallied all of our results and made some graphs on Exel. Here are one of the graphs my partner India and I made.


Term 3 Project Reflection

The term three project was based around Australian scientific explorers I worked with Molly and we researched the biodiversity scan of the twelve apostles. This term was more about the creativity of the overall presentation. Molly and I presented our information in a Prezi, interview and video (from ABC, we didn’t make it ourselves.)

Three facts I found interesting and surprising:

The marine life that was found was just incredible. There were sharks of all types, starfish, stingrays, amazing colours of coral, fishes, and much more. No one in the organization (including staff and students from Deakin University, Parks Victoria, and Museum Victoria.)
I found it surprising that the cooperation actually looked back on what they could do better and improved on it. They bought new cameras, new sonar mapping equipment and a considerable amount of additional supplies.
I thought it was fascinating that to measure the depth of the ocean in the area the society was in, they projected sonar sound waves and recorded the distance the waves travelled. It was a very creative way of tracing information in my opinion.
Two understandings I now have:

I now understand more thoroughly that plans must be altered in order to reach the goal in question, whether the goal is presenting information or sourcing information.
I now know that not everyone is as involved in academics as me. Some people don’t work at the same pace as me, understand as much as me or enjoy learning as much as me.

One wondering I still have is:

Will these people continue with their research? If so, alone or together? I think they should continue together because the achieved a goal together that was unlikely to be successful if done alone.

What were the most important things I learnt?

I learnt more about teamwork this term. I learnt just to go with the flow and only interfere when necessary. (Especially when you are working with stubborn people, which luckily I wasn’t)
How did I learn it?
I learnt it by experience. Literally. Sometimes molly and I disagreed with each other, sometimes we were both going with the flow at the same time and not much was done, but other times it was heads down tails up and we were on fire.

What am I going to do with what I have learnt?

I will try and use this knowledge in future projects to come. I will try and use this knowledge to avoid arguments with team members, to improve the speed rate of our work and use our time more wisely that arguing whether to do this or that.

What are my thoughts and feelings about my project, the work I did, what I learnt and how it was working with my team?
I think that overall we did a really good job, but it was especially hard for me because Molly was away for 2 weeks. We didn’t get time to practise the actual performance, and what’s more is that I had to change the entire Prezi 4 days before the presentation.

Integrated Project

This term our integrated topic is A World of Difference. We have been assigned a project and that is to research and asian country and present a word document containing the information on how it differs from australia. ( all to be presented as a well rehearsed presentation to our class peers.)

Asia Project Reflection

  • Make a list of the most important things you learnt.

Some of the most important things that I learnt during this project were my research and presentation skills. These include gathering selecting and correcting information, speaking loud and clear and making eye contact. I also found real use of my cue cards, which enabled me to go deeper into my study and not consuming time worrying about stuttering on words.

  • What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

I have now learnt how to select important information and put it into my own words. For example: before this project I would have said: South Korea has a very wide amount of native animals, including bears, etc. Now I can select key words: wide amount, native animals. As a result  have produced: In South Korea, you are very likely to stumble across a native animal, such as a bear, etc., because there is a very large amount of them.

  • What or who helped you?

For this project, I discovered an interesting program called Microsoft student with Encarta premium. It gave me 80-90% of my information. I also used prior knowledge, because my two aunties were adopted from South Korea. They only gave me a little information though, and so did my dad, as he went to pick them up. I also used Wikipedia.

3 Facts

  1. Robots do housework!
  2. South Koreans have MMB (multi-media broadcasting) which gives you T.V. on your phone or in the car!
  3. There is a building in South Korea that has 1,000 doors covering its exterior walls!

2 Understandings

1.South Korean’s have a lot of money, as they are a lot more advanced in technology and tourist attractions.

2. Most South Korean native animals are close to extinction, as they are mostly all endangered.

1 Wondering

I wonder if south Koreans are quite smug compared to Australians?


Beaming orange starfish, crossed eyes staring at me.


Ocean waves lapping against the shore, can I take you home?


Dim autumn light, orange darkness creeping upon the sea reflection.


Has anyone ever seen a starfish as cute as you?


Desire, joyful, happiness.