CHE-30029 - Forensic Dissertation
Coordinator: Richard J Darton Tel: +44 1782 7 33345
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

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.

This module aims to introduce students to nonexperimental
research 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 their
area of research and specifying conclusions and recommendations for further research.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

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 and
conclusions 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 selected

Study hours

Lectures: 4 hours
Scheduled supervisor contacts and oral examination: 10 hours
Research work and directed study: 86 hours
Report preparation: 50 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 70%
4000-word dissertation
The 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 report
The 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 project
The viva is an oral examination about the dissertation which will assess the student's knowledge and critical understanding of the topic (ca. 45 min).