Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module aims to familiarise students with key topics in forensic explosives and arson and enable them to appreciate the logical interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence through a variety of taught sessions, scenarios and problem solving exercises.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-30033/lists
This module aims to provide students an insight in to the forensic examination of explosives and fires through an understanding of the fundamental chemical and physical properties as well as an appreciation for the logical interpretation and expression of scientific evidence.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Discuss the decomposition products of explosions and classify explosives by type, functional group and class: 2Discuss the analysis of explosives and explosive residues as well as calculate the physical and thermochemical processes occurring in an explosion, combustion and in fires: 2Describe the processes of fire scene investigation and the forensic analysis of fire scene evidence: 2Describe and explain the principles of and be able to critically select and apply appropriate statistical approaches to the logical interpretation of evidence: 1,2Communicate the interpretation of scientific evidence in a manner comprehensible to the intended recipient: 1Discuss the types of materials used in explosive devices and describe and explain the recovery and processing of evidence from a crime scene: 2
Lectures (22 hours)Problem classes (4 hours)Directed and not directed reading (34 hours)Preparation of assessments (90 hours)
1: Individual Report weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Information leafletThe production of a short leaflet (approximately 1500 words) intended for lawyers on the issues related the evaluation and presentation of a specific form of scientific evidence to the court.2: Portfolio weighted 70%
Coursework PortfolioA portfolio equivalent to 3000-3500 words incorporating a number of assessments including problem solving exercises and scenario based short assignments.