Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of FHEQ level 4 modules or equivalent in Forensic Science
In completing this module you will be familiar with a wide range of modern spectroscopic and analytical techniques and be aware of their relevance in the chemical characterisation of forensic materials, such as structural and elemental analysis, XRF, chromatography and mass spectrometry. During the module you will also gain experience in using some of these techniques in the lab.
The aim of the module is that students will use a wide range of modern spectroscopic and analytical techniques for the chemical characterisation of (forensic) materials, such as methods of structural and elemental analysis, chromatography and mass spectrometry. It aims to provide the experience of these techniques in the practical context.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain and apply the basic principles of quantitative analysis and data processing: 1explain the theory of elemental analysis and mass spectrometry: 1explain the basic principles and the potential of hyphenated techniques in analysis: 1analyse (complex) samples using a combination of spectroscopic techniques: 2,3report and present the results of a forensic analytical investigation in a competent manner: 2critically evaluate journal articles in relation to the analysis of data obtained in a forensic investigation: 1,2demonstrate an understanding of the context and application of quality assurance in the laboratory: 1,2discuss the potential of spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of complex samples particularly for forensic applications: 1,2carry out experimental tasks in line with quality parameters outlined by relevant regulatory bodies: 3
Active Learning Hours:Content delivery (18h), laboratory work, including data analysis (18h), workshops (30h) Independent Study Hours:Suggested study (30h), independent learning (51h), exam (3h)
1: Exam weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
In person Open Book examA 3h, 100 marks, in-person, invigilated, PC-lab based, open book exam.2: Group Report weighted 50%
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT - EXPERIMENTAL TASKA group report equivalent to 2200-2700 words based on data obtained in the laboratory.3: Competence weighted 0%
Lab competency assessmentCreating a calibration plot according the the accuracy set by relevant regulatory bodies.