Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides students an opportunity to develop their non-experimental research skills and apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of an aspect of forensic science. Students will research a selected topic in forensic science and produce a dissertation detailing their findings. This will be supported by an academic supervisor and generic skills classes, and examined by a viva voca allowing students the opportunity to further develop communication skills.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-30029/lists
This module aims to introduce students to nonexperimental research skills. The students will research the literature and available online forensic resources, and produce a written report detailing their findings, providing a critical appraisal of their area of research and specifying conclusions and recommendations for further research.
Intended Learning Outcomes
initiate a programme of investigation into a clearly defined topic and summarise the project aims and key primary sources: 1critically appraise information of relevance to the topic obtained from a variety of sources including scientific literature, forensic science databases and other primary sources: 1,2produce a comprehensive dissertation outlining the project background, a critical summary of research, and conclusions drawn: 1demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of the selected topic: 1,2communicate verbally and discuss the project aims, key findings and conclusions with other specialists: 2
Workshops: 3 hoursScheduled supervisor contacts and oral examination: 8 hoursResearch work and directed study: 79 hoursDissertation preparation: 50 hoursViva preparation: 10 hours
1: Report weighted 80%
Description of Module Assessment
DissertationThe dissertation of approximately 4500 words as a logical and critical argumentation of the literature in order to answer a particular forensic problem.2: Viva weighted 20%
Viva voce interview on the projectThe viva is an oral examination about the dissertation which will assess the student's knowledge and critical understanding of the topic (ca. 45 min).