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 this module, you will learn about the role of a forensic analyst in the investigation of drugs and drugs related crime. You will gain an understanding of the systematic abuse of drugs and alcohol and be introduced to the relevant legal issues. Aspects of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, the mode of action, and basic metabolism will be introduced alongside the examination of various classes of drugs in detail. The practical determination of drugs and alcohol in biological specimens will be demonstrated through laboratory sessions using presumptive tests and spectroscopic techniques.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fsc-20009/lists
The role of Forensic Science in the investigation of drugs and drug-related crime will be examined. This module will develop students' understanding of the systematic abuse of drugs and alcohol and introduce the relevant legal issues. Fundamentals of the interaction of drugs with the human body will be introduced in terms of introductory pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, the biological targets of drugs, and the basics of metabolism, alongside methods of analysis and determination to detect these drugs in biological samples and specimens.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of relevant and up-to-date UK legislation relating to drugs and alcohol: 1Use concepts in pharmacodynamics to explain the interaction of drugs with their target and identify metabolites of the major classes of drugs: 21,2Solve problems in the determination and analysis of suspected unknown substances through the application of a range of experimental tests and spectroscopic methods: 1Report findings from analytical investigations in an impartial and professional format: 1,2Identify examples of the major classes of controlled drugs and evaluate their origins, physiological effects, uses, metabolism and detection:
Active Learning hours:Interactive lectures: 24 hoursProblem Classes and Practical Sessions: 18 hours Independent study and assessment completion: 108 hours
1: Practical Assessment weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Expert Witness StatementSubmission of an expert witness report detailing findings and analyses based around a drugs-related criminal investigation, equivalent to 2500 words.2: Coursework weighted 50%
Problems Based AssessmentA series of short answer questions assessing the content delivered in the taught sessions. Equivalent to 2500 words.