FSC-20011 - Counterfeits, Fakes and Forgeries
Coordinator: Charlene E Greenwood Tel: +44 1782 7 32821
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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: 1,2
Examine aspects of documents, heritage specimens, counterfeit medicine and fraudulent food: 1
Maintain accurate records of laboratory work and use these to interpret the findings of an examination: 1
Communicate effectively and critically discuss the findings from the examination of documents, heritage specimens, counterfeit medicine and fraudulent food, both in the form of written reports and through oral presentation: 1,2
Discuss, 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:

Study hours

Problem classes and laboratory sessions: 18 hours
Content study: 12 hours
Independent study: 70 hours
Assessment completion: 50 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
A portfolio of laboratory-based work
A portfolio of laboratory work equivalent to 2000 words.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
Problem Based Assessment
Problem based assessment consisting of a number of long questions based on the topics covered in the module, equivalent to 2500 words.