Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will provide students with an introduction to the principles of scientific writing, research skills and the tools required to collect, analyse, interpret and present evidence. Students will also be introduced to a range of forensic science skills, laboratory techniques and methods used in crime scene investigation. These are essential for maintaining the integrity of exhibits whilst operating in a quality management system and understanding of global accreditation standards.
The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the wider context of forensic science as a discipline, the skills and implications of professional practice and to develop an appreciation for some of the regulations that govern practitioners. It will also provide students an opportunity to learn new research skills, as well as allowing them develop their existing transferable skills, which they will require in order to progress through their degree programme.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and apply the regulations and codes of practice that govern crime scene investigation and forensic analysis: 1,3Appropriately package and label crime scene exhibits: 3Describe the importance of chain of custody and maintaining the integrity of exhibits: 1,3Maintain contemporaneous notes to a professional standard both at the crime scene and in the laboratory: 3Describe the key aspects of the process in progressing a case from crime scene to court: 1Identify best practices in personal protective equipment and anti-contamination protocols: 1,3Search, review and reference the literature on a given topic: 2Analyse, interpret and present the various types of data encountered in forensic investigation and research: 2,3Work and communicate as part of a group, showing understanding for the importance of effective team work: 1
Lectures (24h), laboratory, workshop and problem sessions (36h), group presentations (2h) Directed and not directed reading (78 h), preparation of assessments (160 h)
1: Group Presentation weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
Group PresentationStudents will be assigned to small groups (3-4 students) and prepare a group presentation (15 - 20 mins) followed by 5 mins of questions on a case study where each member is required to present.2: Essay weighted 30%
EssayAn essay equivalent to 2000-2500 words on a given topic. This assessment will require students to source the relevant literature, write a review covering the topic, and reference throughout using a standard referencing style.3: Portfolio weighted 50%
Coursework PortfolioA portfolio equivalent to 2500-3000 words incorporating a number of assessments such as laboratory and problem class exercises, CV writing exercise, and contemporaneous note taking exercises.