FUNDAMENTALS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS - 2023/4
Module code: SOC1042
This module is intended to introduce students to some basic principles of forensic investigation
SEARS Patrick (Chst Chm Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: F410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 100
Lecture Hours: 2
Seminar Hours: 20
Laboratory Hours: 3
Captured Content: 25
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The indicative content of the module is:
- What is forensic science? Locard’s Principle; The nature of forensic evidence, forensic science categories. The history of forensic science and its place in modern society. When is forensic science needed?
- Providers of forensic science: LGC, DSTL, independent practitioners
- Introduction to the law; types of offences, CPS, types of course, statements and presentation of forensic evidence
- Crime scene investigation, the nature of a crime scene, zoning and crime scene management, collection protection and documenting of evidence
- Trace and contact evidence. Direct and circumstantial evidence, physical and biological evidence
- Fingerprint evidence
- General examination methods (blood, firearms, explosives)
- Document, ink and handwriting examination,
- Post-mortem interval and identification of human remains,
- Introduction to forensic pathology
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||CSI field day group report||15|
|Coursework||CSI field day individual report||10|
|Examination||MCQ in class 1.5 hour exam||75|
CSI day resit: Essay on crime scene collection procedures
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:
- MCQ final examination
- Group and individual CSI field day write up
Multiple choice test questions during revision lecture and both MCQ and discussion questions throughout seminar sessions
Discussion sessions; practice exam questions. Feedback from CSI day will be provided to assist in study for final examination.
- To introduce organisational and legal aspects of forensic science.
- To engage with applied forensic methods associated with searching and recovery of items of evidence.
- To introduce policies, procedures and protocols associated with accreditation of laboratories and expert witnesses
- To consider the practical limitations of forensic evidence
|1||Demonstrate knowledge of organisational and legal aspects of forensic evidence;|
|2||Give an account of procedures followed at the scene of a crime and of the types of physical evidence;|
|3||Demonstrate knowledge of crime scene management;|
|4||Demonstrate recording of a crime scene;|
|5||Give an account of procedures followed at the scene of a crime and of the types of physical evidence;|
|6||Demonstrate critical understanding of the potential utility and problems of forensic evidence.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
This module will use a range of different teaching methods.
- This module will be presented using flipped learning where lecture content will be provided by pre-recorded videos.
- Classroom based workshops will be used to provide face to face contact, discuss application of study content and to consider how the identification, analysis and evaluation of evidence impacts on the investigation of crime.
- Practical workshops will provide opportunity for students to see and experience some of the techniques discussed in the module content.
- A “CSI Day” will be used to help learners understand the overall context of forensic investigation.
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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Programmes this module appears in
|Criminology BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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 2023/4 academic year.