Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module covers the scientific principles underpinning core topics in criminalistic science and their application. The key topics included are: blood dynamics and blood spatter analysis; forensic imaging and its applications; the chemical and physical enhancement of forensic marks, prints and impressions such as finger-marks, footwear-marks and impressions, and their interpretation, including techniques specific to the crime scene context; an introduction to forensic photography. In all these areas students will undertake laboratory work aimed at deepening their understanding and developing their practical skills, including in the development of casework experiments.
This module covers the scientific principles and their applications to the imaging and characterization of a range of materials of forensic interest. It includes the development of forensic laboratory and reporting skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe, explain and critically assess the scientific principles underpinning some key areas of criminalistic science and their application to physical evidence: 1,2,3critically evaluate experimental data and communicate methodology, results and interpretation effectively by comprehensible and impartial written reports to a specialist audience: 1,2demonstrate personal skills in recording observations and experimentation in a comprehensive and contemporaneous manner: 1,2,3communicate effectively to an audience of peers via poster presentation and demonstrate skills in defending their work under oral examination: 2describe, select and apply a range of established experimental techniques within criminalistic science to effectively investigate physical evidence including examples of setting up casework related experiments: 3
Lectures (24 hours)Laboratory work (30 hours)Independent learning and assessment completion (96 hours)
1: Laboratory Report weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Laboratory ReportA 1500 word laboratory report based on practical work completed during the laboratory sessions to assess data collection, analysis and evaluation2: Poster Presentation weighted 20%
Group Poster PresentationA 15-minute group poster presentation to effectively communicate the findings based on completed laboratory work and to demonstrate evaluation skills through questions.3: Laboratory Assessment weighted 50%
Laboratory based practical assessmentA 3-hour practical assessment to take place within the laboratory setting to demonstrate the application of skills acquired through lecture content and laboratory work and apply this knowledge to case-based scenarios