Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will provide you with an introduction to the principles of scientific writing, research skills and the tools required to collect, analyse, interpret and present evidence. You will also be introduced to a range of forensic science skills, laboratory techniques and methods used in crime scene investigation. These are essential for maintaining the integrity of exhibits whilst operating in a quality management system and understanding of global accreditation standards.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fsc-10001/lists
The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the wider context of forensic science as a discipline, the skills and implications of professional practice and to develop an appreciation for some of the regulations that govern practitioners. It will also provide students an opportunity to learn new research skills, as well as allowing them develop their existing transferable skills, which they will require in order to progress through their degree programme.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and apply the regulations and codes of practice that govern crime scene investigation and forensic analysis: 1,3Appropriately package and label crime scene exhibits: 3Describe the importance of chain of custody and maintaining the integrity of exhibits: 1Maintain contemporaneous notes to a professional standard both at the crime scene and in the laboratory: 3Describe the key aspects of the process in progressing a case from crime scene to court: 1,3Identify best practices in personal protective equipment and anti-contamination protocols: 1,3Search, review and reference the literature on a given topic: 2,4Analyse, interpret and present the various types of data encountered in forensic investigation and research: 2,4,5
Lectures (24h), laboratory, workshop and problem sessions (36h)Guided Independent Study (240 h)
1: Assignment weighted 15%
Description of Module Assessment
Packaging QuizA MS form based quiz on the various packaging types encountered within Forensic Science2: Essay weighted 40%
EssayAn essay equivalent to 2000-2500 words on a given topic. This assessment will require students to source the relevant literature, write a review covering the topic, and reference throughout using a standard referencing style.3: Practice Based Assessment weighted 15%
Contemporaneous Notes PracticalAssessment based on the practical completed - students hand in their assessment directly after the lab. Lab is based on the packaging skills demonstrated and contemporaneous notes that are made4: Assignment weighted 15%
Literature skills assessmentOnline form that requires students to answer a series of questions - the answers to the students must be found by the students completing a literature search on a given topic5: Assignment weighted 15%
Data interpretationStudents must complete a Microsoft online form requiring them to answer a series of questions on the analysis of data