Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides an introduction to forensic science as a professional discipline in the context of the crime scene, the laboratory and the court. It also highlights the role of the forensic scientist as an expert witness and the reporting of forensic evidence. It includes discussion of the science of many evidence types such as fingerprints, and biological material with an emphasis on DNA.
This module provides an introduction to forensic science as a professional discipline in the context of the crime scene, the laboratory and the court. It provides the scientific basis for many of the core areas of the discipline with an emphasis on the use of biometric evidence.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe and explain the historical development and context of forensic science: 2,3Describe and explain the principal types of biological evidence of importance in forensic contexts and the information such evidence yields: 1,2,3Describe and explain the main biological evidence that can be used for forensic purposes and the information that can be obtained: 1,2,3Describe and discuss the inheritance and application of genetic markers at the cellular level: 2,3Perform forensic science laboratory protocols related to fingerprint enhancement, blood analysis, and electrophoresis: 1Describe and explain how forensic and crime scene science operates within the UK legal system: 2,3Analyse and develop solutions to standard scientific problems in forensic science: 1,3Record, report, present and interpret the results of forensic investigations and analysis: 1,2,3
Lectures (23h), laboratory and data analysis sessions (24h), problem classes (15h). Directed (and not directed reading), preparation of assessments (238 h)
Either A-level Chemistry or Biology (or equivalent) required for students taking this module as an option
1: Practical Assessment weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Laboratory portfolioA portfolio equivalent to 2500-3000 words incorporating a number of laboratory examination forms and pre-lab quizzes.2: Presentation weighted 20%
Oral presentation15-minute team based oral presentation.3: Open Book Assessment weighted 50%
End of semester open book assessments3000-3500 words in total, 2 open book papers based on the recovery and use of evidence used in forensic investigations. Each paper will be assessed at the end of each semester