Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides students an opportunity to develop their non-experimental research skills and apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of an aspect of forensic science. Students will research a selected topic in forensic science and produce a dissertation detailing their findings. This will be supported by an academic supervisor and generic skills classes, and examined by a viva voca allowing students the opportunity to further develop communication skills.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-30029/lists
This module aims to introduce students to nonexperimentalresearch skills. The students will research the literature and available online forensic resources, and produce a written report detailing their findings, providing a critical appraisal of theirarea of research and specifying conclusions and recommendations for further research.
Intended Learning Outcomes
initiate a programme of investigation into a clearly defined topic and summarise the project aims and key primary sources;communicate verbally and discuss the project aims, key findings andconclusions with other specialists;critically appraise information of relevance to the topic obtained from a variety of sources including scientific literature, forensic science databases and other primary sources;produce a comprehensive dissertation outlining the project background, a critical summary of research, and conclusions drawn;demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of the selectedtopic.
Lectures: 4 hoursScheduled supervisor contacts and oral examination: 10 hoursResearch work and directed study: 86 hoursReport preparation: 50 hours
1: Report weighted 70%
Description of Module Assessment
4000-word dissertationThe dissertation is a logical and critical argumentation of the literature in order to answer a particular forensic problem (4000 words).2: Report weighted 10%
2-page progress reportThe progress report is a 2-page report (which includes a list of references) which defines the scope of the dissertation and gives a clear plan for completing the full dissertation.3: Viva weighted 20%
Viva voce interview on the projectThe viva is an oral examination about the dissertation which will assess the student's knowledge and critical understanding of the topic (ca. 45 min).