CHE-30034 - Forensic Geoscience
Coordinator: Jamie K Pringle Room: WSF10B Tel: +44 1782 7 33163
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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

ESC-20084 Geoscience & Society

Description for 2020/21

This module aims to teach students the key theoretical and practical aspects of Forensic Geoscience, specifically for geoforensic search and trace evidence.
Students will gain knowledge on how geoforensics aids forensic search practitioners to locate objects of interest, as well as what geoforensic trace evidence can be obtained and analysed.
This is at the forefront of current forensic geoscience research globally.

This module aims to teach students key theoretical and practical issues of some specialist areas of Forensic Science which complement the core curriculum of the course and where topics are at the forefront of and of relevance to research in Forensic Science. These areas include: forensic geoscience, forensic geophysics, forensic entomology, forensic palynology and palaeontology.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

source and review published material on a forensic geoscience topic and write an independent structured literature review: 1
work effectively as part of a student-led team to solve a geoscientific problem within a limited time frame: 2
analyse geoforensic trace evidence data and write a forensic report: 3

Study hours

Lectures: 20 hours
Practical component: 6 hours
Critical Review: 30 hours
Private study, write-ups: 94 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Literature Review weighted 25%
Critical review of research area
Independent critical review of module-relevant topic area, maximum 1,250 words.

2: Group Project weighted 50%
Group project
Student-led group problem-solving of geoforensic search scenario with 2,500 word report

3: Report weighted 25%
Trace Evidence Report
1,250 word individual report on geoforensic trace evidence