CHE-30033 - Evaluation of evidence, explosives and arson
Coordinator: Richard J 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 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module aims to familiarise students with key topics in forensic explosives and arson and enable them to appreciate the logical interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence through a variety of lectures, laboratories and problem solving exercises.

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.

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

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

Lectures (22 hours)
Problem classes (4 hours)
Directed and not directed reading (34 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: Portfolio weighted 70%
Coursework Portfolio
A portfolio equivalent to 3000-3500 words incorporating a number of assessments including problem solving exercises and scenario based short assignments.