FSC-20009 - Drugs of Abuse
Coordinator: Mike Edwards Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33252
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of FHEQ level 4 modules or equivalent in Forensic Science.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of relevant and up-to-date UK legislation relating to drugs and alcohol: 1
Use concepts in pharmacodynamics to explain the interaction of drugs with their target and identify metabolites of the major classes of drugs: 2
Solve problems in the determination and analysis of suspected unknown substances through the application of a range of experimental tests and spectroscopic methods: 1
Report findings from analytical investigations in an impartial and professional format: 1,2
Identify examples of the major classes of controlled drugs and evaluate their origins, physiological effects, uses, metabolism and detection:

Study hours

Active Learning hours:
Interactive lectures: 24 hours
Problem Classes and Practical Sessions: 18 hours
Independent study and assessment completion: 108 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Practical Assessment weighted 50%
Expert Witness Statement
Submission 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 Assessment
A series of short answer questions assessing the content delivered in the taught sessions. Equivalent to 2500 words.