Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to theory and professional practice of forensic analysis of counterfeits, fakes, and forgeries. The core topics that you will study include security systems, document security, heritage authentication, counterfeit medicine, and fraudulent food. You will explore the chemical and analytical analysis of various samples associated with these core topics including documents, paint associated with artwork, and counterfeit alcohol. Across all these areas, laboratory exercises will develop your practical and reporting skills which are needed in the forensic examination of these samples, including, for example, taking case-notes and compiling reports.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fsc-20011/lists
The module provides an insight into the core topics of counterfeits, fakes and forgeries within forensic science and will cover aspects of document security, heritage security, counterfeit medicine and food fraud. This will include chemical and analytical aspects, as well as developing the practical and reporting skills needed in the forensic examination of documents, heritage specimens, medicine and fraudulent food. An overview of the security systems used to detect fraudulent activity will also be covered.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe, explain and critically review the principles and practices used for the examination of documents, heritage specimens, counterfeit medicine and fraudulent food in the forensic science and security contexts: 1,21Examine aspects of documents, heritage specimens, counterfeit medicine and fraudulent food: 1Maintain accurate records of laboratory work and use these to interpret the findings of an examination: 1,2Communicate effectively and critically discuss the findings from the examination of documents, heritage specimens, counterfeit medicine and fraudulent food, in the form of written reports: 2Discuss, select and apply appropriate analytical techniques for the physicochemical examination of various document related materials, including inks and paper, as well as drug, food and heritage specimens:
Active learning hours:Problem classes and laboratory sessions: 18 hoursContent delivery: 12 hoursIndependent study:Guided independent study: 70 hoursAssessment completion: 50 hours
1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
A problem based portfolioA portfolio of laboratory work and pre-laboratory questions equivalent to ~2500 words.2: Coursework weighted 50%
Problems based assessmentProblems-based assessment consisting of a number of long questions relating to topics covered in the module, equivalent to ~2500 words.