TOPICS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE - 2022/3
Module code: CHE3055
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The purpose of this module is to give students a more detailed knowledge of aspects of forensic chemistry. 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
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 102
Lecture Hours: 9
Seminar Hours: 10
Tutorial Hours: 6
Guided Learning: 10
Captured Content: 13
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
- 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 offences, other intoxicants, drug facilitated offences, case studies
Body Fluid Analysis
- ABO typing, Rhesus factor, blood collection and analysis, presumptive tests for blood, faecal and urine analysis
- Blood spatter evidence
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination Online||ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAM||65|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Examination – 1.5 hours
• Coursework – DNA multi choice test
Test questions during exam tutorial
Discussion sessions; practice exam questions
- • examine the scope and background of forensic investigation of body fluids and other biological material
- • give a detailed account of techniques used in advanced biomedical analysis
- • introduce the student to techniques used to identify historical artefacts and materials
- • outline the scope of forensic toxicology
|001||- give a critical account of the theory and practise of various techniques used in a biomedical laboratory||CKP|
|002||- provide evidence of a detailed knowledge of the chemistry of body fluids and the value of evidence gathered from such specimens||CK|
|003||- critically evaluate the value of evidence gathered from archaeological sites||CK|
|004||- evaluate methods used to detect drugs and poisons and review the role played by forensic toxicology in forensic investigation||CK|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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)
• Exam tutorial
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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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.