Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This final year module provides advanced understanding of some specialist areas of Forensic Science which complement the core curriculum of the course at Levels 4 and 5. Topic areas include: ballistics and forensic investigation of firearms incidents, advanced analysis of paint, fibres and glass evidence. An emphasis will be made on the examination of physical evidence in court issues.Four topics will be covered each year.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-30035/lists
This module aims to teach students key theoretical and practical issues of some specialist areas of Forensic Science which complement the core curriculum of the course. Topic areas will cover advanced forensic analysis of ballistics, paint, glass, fibres, with particular emphasis on examination of evidence in court issues.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the series of specialist topics presented and how they can be applied to crime solving: 1,2Evaluate information of relevance to the topic obtained from a variety of sources including scientific literature, forensic science databases and other primary sources: 1,2Make informed judgements about the issues, limitations and current knowledge in forensic science within the specialist areas, with particular emphasis on crime scene examination/ evidence in court issues: 1,2Describe and explain how specialist disciplines can be applied to crime solving: 1,2Describe, explain and discuss standard theoretical and practical trace evidence retrieval across the series of specialist topics presented: 1,2
Scheduled content hours: 20 hoursCritical Review: 40 hoursPrivate study, write-ups: 90 hours
1: Reflective Analysis weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Critical Analysis of Research AreaIndependent critical review (1500-2000 words) of module-relevant topic area, including the data analysis, with emphasis on crime scene examination.2: Portfolio weighted 60%
Scenario Based PortfolioA scenario-based portfolio consisting of problem solving activities related to crime scene trace evidence equivalent to 2000-2500 words.