TOPICS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE - 2019/0
Module code: CHE3051
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The purpose of this module is to give students a detailed knowledge of forensic chemistry. In this third year module, the chemistry relating to DNA, fingerprints, toxicology and forensic archaeology is dealt with in detail. Casework examples are used to give students a broad understanding of how data is interpreted. This module interacts with material that students are taught through analytical chemistry modules and demonstrates the application of relevant techniques to forensic casework.
SEARS Patrick (Chemistry)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: F410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Structure, base pairs, the genetic code, RNA, cell biology, mitochondrial DNA, chromosomes, sexual reproduction
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), likelihood ratios
CODIS and NDNAD databases, ethical considerations
The Colin Pitchfork case, possible surviving relatives of the Tsar, Syrian hameters, seven daughters of Eve hypotheses
Saliva, salivary amylase, RSID antibody test, whose saliva?
Semen, acid phosphotase, microscopic confirmation, whose semen?
Skeletal remains, isotopic analysis, pottery and ceramics, metallurgy, fabrics and textiles, CT- a copper age murder mystery – Otzi the iceman; Tutankhamun and related cases studies
Chemistry of fingerprints, interaction with developers, substrate and environment, new types of development, case studies
Posions and routes through the body, Toxic dose, sampling, toxicology of alcohol.Road traffic offenses, other intoxicant,s drug facilitated offences, case studies
Body Fluid Analysis
ABO typiing, Rhesus factor, blood collection and analysis, presumptive tests for blood, faceal and urine analysis
Blood spatter evidence
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||EXAMINATION (1.5 HOURS)||70|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
The assessment strategy is designed to assess whether students meet the learning outcomes of the module.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Examination – 1.5 hours
- DNA Coursework
Test questions during exam tutorial
Discussion sessions; practice exam questions
- To examine the scope and background of forensic investigation of body fluids and other biological material.
- To give a detailed account of techniques used in advanced biomedical analysis.
- To introduce the student to techniques used to identify historical artefacts and materials.
- To outline the scope of forensic toxicology.
|001||Give a critical account of the theory and practice of various techniques used in a biomedical laboratory|
|002||Provide evidence of a detailed knowledge of the chemistry of body fluids and the value of evidence gathered from such specimens|
|003||Critically evaluate the value of evidence gathered from archaeological sites|
|004||Evaluate methods used to detect drugs and poisons and review the role played by forensic toxicology in forensic investigation|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 21
Seminar Hours: 6
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Provide students with an up to date understanding of current forensic chemistry practices by seminars given by expert guest lecturers
Provide students with a detailed understanding of and a critical appreciation for biological evidence and its chemical analysis through lectures, casework examples, videos and discussions.
The learning and teaching methods include
Lectures (22 total)
Seminar (6 hours)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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