Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This is a core module that covers the principal concepts of chemistry with emphasis on those that are relevant to the field of forensic science, aiming to extend students┐ understanding and practical experimental skills. It focuses on some of the key characterisation and separation techniques used in forensic analysis, such as microscopy, spectroscopy, microspectroscopy and chromatography, and provides hands-on experience in a variety of analytical methods through practical work. In addition, it introduces the important topic of statistics in the interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence.
This module covers the principal concepts of chemistry necessary for the study of forensic science. It aims to solidify students understanding of relevant background theory with emphasis on its application to forensic science. This will build to focus upon some of the key characterisation and separation techniques used in forensic analysis, and provide hands-on experience in a variety of experimental skills and analytical methods through practical laboratory work. In addition, it introduces students to the fundamental mathematical concepts necessary for the analysis of forensic evidence, including the study of statistical methods for the interpretation and evaluation of forensic data.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and explain the basic principles of atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding: 2,3Describe and explain the principles and applications of selected spectroscopic, microscopic and separation methods within forensic contexts: 1,2,3Apply the principles of aspects of physical chemistry to solve standard problems of relevance to forensic contexts and crime scene investigation: 2,3Interpret organic and inorganic chemical structures, and discuss the appropriate spectroscopic and chromatographic methods for analysing organic and inorganic samples: 2,3Perform fundamental laboratory and instrumental skills to specified standards: 1Interpret and explain fundamental statistical data within forensic contexts: 2,3Record, report and present the results of forensic investigation and analysis: 1,3
Lectures (42h), laboratory and data analysis sessions (39h), problem classes (10h), class test and feedback (4h)Directed and not directed reading (55 h), preparation of assessments (150 h)
1: Portfolio weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Laboratory PortfolioA portfolio equivalent to 2500-3000 words incorporating a number of assessments such as laboratory exercises, scientific presentation, data analysis and a laboratory exam.2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class TestUnseen questions, both information recall and problem solving. The student effort is equivalent to that required to prepare for and complete two 1 hour exams.3: Portfolio weighted 40%
Coursework PortfolioA portfolio equivalent to 2500-3000 words incorporating a number of assessments such as maths and statistics problem sheets, analysis of spectra, and interpretation of kinetics data.