Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- 1. Understand the different forms of forensic evidence that might be available at the crime scene and the different forms of collection procedures and scientific analysis required. 2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of alternative types of forensic evidence and science in criminal investigations. 3. Comsider the issues and concerns that might be raised by the collection, storing, analysis and use of forensic evidence. 4. Engage with core information and have the ability to present findings in a clear and involved manner
Below is a brief outline of structure of the module.
Week 1 --‐ Introduction – Module overview
Week 2 --‐ Crime Scene
Week 3 --‐ Trace and Contact
Week 4 --‐ Entomology
Week 5 – Archaeology, Anthropology & Ecology
Week 6 --‐ Blood Pattern Analysis
Week 7 --‐ Assessment guidance
Week 8 --‐ Toxicology
Week 9 --‐ Digital Forensics
Week 10 --‐ Fire investigations
Week 11 --‐ Explosions and Firearms
Week 12--‐ Course review
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching in this module is carried out by way of weekly lectures/workshops, with individual guidance and assistance being available to learners in the research and preparation of their work.
The module consists of lectures as outlined in the Lecture Programme.
The lectures provide a basic framework and background to the subject and need to be supplemented by reading from the core texts and further reading as recommended at lectures. There is particular emphasis on the effectiveness of oral work, the ability to engage in lively argument and the development of independent research.
Topics have been carefully chosen to promote discussion, through in-class debates, group exercises and the use of selected media, therefore, you are strongly recommended to prepare for class by completing background reading and research where indicated.
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This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.