Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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This module covers the principal concepts of chemistry necessary for the study of forensic science. It aims to solidify students understanding of relevant background theory with emphasis on its application to forensic science. This will build to focus upon some of the key characterisation and separation techniques used in forensic analysis, and provide hands-on experience in a variety of experimental skills and analytical methods through practical laboratory work. In addition, it introduces students to the fundamental mathematical concepts necessary for the analysis of forensic evidence, including the study of statistical methods for the interpretation and evaluation of forensic data.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and explain the basic principles of atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding: 4Describe and explain the principles and applications of selected spectroscopic, microscopic and separation methods within forensic contexts: 3,4Apply the principles of aspects of physical chemistry to solve standard problems of relevance to forensic contexts and crime scene investigation: 3,4Interpret organic and inorganic chemical structures, and discuss the appropriate spectroscopic and chromatographic methods for analysing organic and inorganic samples: 1,3,4Perform fundamental laboratory and instrumental skills to specified standards: 1,3Interpret and explain fundamental statistical data within forensic contexts: 2Record, report and present the results of forensic investigation and analysis: 1,3Be able to recall and demonstrate the application of fundamental chemical principles for forensic science under time pressure: 4
Lectures (42h), laboratory and data analysis sessions (39h), problem classes (10h), class test and feedback (4h)Directed and not directed reading (55 h), preparation of assessments (150 h)
1: Case Study weighted 25%
Description of Module Assessment
Case ReportA report equivalent to ~2500 words combining multiple exhibit analysis forms, displaying laboratory results and their accompanying analysis & conclusions.2: Assignment weighted 15%
Statistics problem sheetA problem sheet equivalent to ~1500 words applying statistics to forensic science analysis.3: Portfolio weighted 20%
Laboratory portfolioA portfolio equivalent to ~2000 words including short proformas containing laboratory results and analysis.4: Exam weighted 40%
2- Hour Unseen Exam2-hour exam with unseen questions on taught material from both semesters, both information recall and problem solving.