Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Investigating crime involves a significant amount of teamwork with various different agencies. The team research project is a year long investigation, carried out as a team, that allows you to develop your research skills in a particular area of forensic science. The aims of this module are: (i) to provide students with the opportunity to applyand develop their knowledge and understanding of forensic science within a research environment; (ii) to implement recognised and develop novel forensic analytical techniques; (iii) to evolve their knowledge and use of and understand the relevance of statistical techniques and their interpretation; (iv) to use and develop interpersonal and communications skills working as part of a team; (v) to develop presentation and report-writing skills;(vi) to appreciate the role of ethical approval in forensic science project work.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-30011/lists
The aims of this module are:
Intended Learning Outcomes
plan and initiate a programme of practical work into a clearly defined area of the proposed forensic project; will be achieved by assessments: 1,3critically appraise information of relevance to the project (general) and specific area (individual) obtained from a variety of sources; will be achieved by assessments: 1,4communicate verbally the project aims, key literature findings, and plans for practical work; will be achieved by assessments: 1carry out a planned programme of investigative laboratory work, continually analysing the data obtained, enabling informed decisions to be made; will be achieved by assessments: 2,3communicate verbally the results obtained and offer interpretation. Summarise the key findings; will be achieved by assessments: 2produce an individual project report outlining the project background, individual results and interpretation, group results and their relevance, a critical evaluation of findings overall, and conclusion; will be achieved by assessments: 4identify the need for an ethical appraisal of any work in forensic science and this project in particular and the process for obtaining ethical approval. will be achieved by assessments: 4
Induction (3h)Laboratory work and data analysis (57h)Progress meetings (8h)Cross-examination sessions (1.5h)Literature research and private study (30.5h)Report writing (50h)These hours are 'per student'.
1: Group Presentation weighted 15%
Description of Module Assessment
Group presentation/ interview/ questioning on progress of projectCross examination I : the student group (of four or five students) will be interviewed on a draft literature review of their overarching research topic. Around 10 minutes is allowed per student so typically, for a team of four, this interview would take around 45 minutes.2: Group Presentation weighted 15%
Group presentation/ interview/ questioning on progress of projectCross examination II: the student group (of four or five students) will be interviewed together on the individual sets of experimental results they have produced to date. Around 10 minutes minutes is allowed per student so typically, for a team of four, this interview would take around 45 minutes.3: Laboratory Book weighted 10%
Laboratory notebookLaboratory diary of practical work carried out comprising the results obtained and including a brief reflection (peer assessment) of the work of the others in the group (equivalent to 500 words) to include a mark for each team member which will be averaged across the team to contribute half the marks for this assessment item for each student; the remainder will be from the lab notebook itself. This material is mostly brief notes and a collection of tables, images, spectra, graphs etc indicative of the volume of practical work undertaken and the effective use of the practical sessions.4: Report weighted 60%
Individual written reportWritten report equivalent to 4000 words including submission of an ethics statement on the project.