FSC-30007 - Evaluation of evidence, explosives and arson
Coordinator: Richard 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 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

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: 2
discuss the analysis of explosives and explosive residues as well as calculate the physical and thermochemical processes occurring in an explosion, combustion and in fires: 2
describe the processes of fire scene investigation and the forensic analysis of fire scene evidence: 2
describe and explain the principles of and be able to critically select and apply appropriate statistical approaches to the logical interpretation of evidence: 1,2
communicate the interpretation of scientific evidence in a manner comprehensible to the intended recipient: 1
discuss the types of materials used in explosive devices and describe and explain the recovery and processing of evidence from a crime scene: 2

Study hours

Taught sessions (24 hours)
Directed and not directed reading (36 hours)
Preparation of assessments (90 hours)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Individual Report weighted 30%
Information leaflet
The 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: Open Book Examination weighted 70%
Open Book Exam
An open book assessment consisting of a number of problem solving exercises and scenario based questions, with students having 28 hours to complete it. Equivalent to 3500 words.