AP0533 - Core Disciplines in Forensic Science

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn the theory, knowledge and practical application of the core disciplines within forensic science. You will cover the identification, application and subsequent interpretation of trace material, toxicology, body fluids and DNA within the context of a forensic investigation. You will gain an appreciation of the complexity of differing case types, such as murder or burglary, and understand that each requires a different forensic strategy that is bespoke to the individual case, depending on what exhibits are available for examination and what needs to be established. You will apply case assessment and interpretation theory to enable you to develop a fit for purpose forensic strategy appropriate to a given case example. By the end of this module you will have an overall comprehension of how forensic science can aid and support a crime investigation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and IT sessions specifically designed to provide the theory and application skills to develop a case specific forensic strategy and subsequent interpretation of the value of any recovered evidence. Case studies and recent academic and government publications will supplement your learning, ensuring that your knowledge is situated within ‘real world’ experiences. You will gain experience using R2S scene capturing technology to move around and interrogate replica crime scenes to add further depth to your case assessment and interpretation knowledge. The IT based crime scenes will simulate real world experiences and enable you to visualise the potential, or otherwise, for the transfer of evidence between individuals and items involved in a crime. This will support your understanding of case assessment and interpretation, helping you to develop evidence based opinions based on forensic scientific and case specific knowledge.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during lectures, seminars and IT sessions. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the scientific theory underpinning the application of various scientif methods and techniques to aid interpretation of your scientific findings.

All lecture and practical material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects.

Written assessment feedback will also be provided to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments within your programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will be expected to use case assessment and interpretation to devise and subsequently evaluate the evidential value of your forensic strategy and scientific findings within the context of crime investigation (K1, K4)
• You will perform the accurate application of laboratory based forensic techniques to support your scientific findings and opinions (K3, K4)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will develop your knowledge and skills to justify your scientific approach, methodology, practical skills and subsequent analysis of your observations in your role as a forensic scientist (I1)
• You will demonstrate effective communication through the succinct and accurate evaluation of case specific scientific findings in the form of a written statement (I2)

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will split between a 1500 word piece of coursework (50%) MLO's 1,4 and a practical assessment (50%) MLO's 2,3

The practical assessment will be designed to assess your understanding and approach to the sequential nature of forensic examination and how you evidence your scientific findings and opinion. Formative feedback provided during taught laboratory classes will direct and support you to achieve this.

The coursework (statement) will be designed to allow you to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your knowledge to evaluate the potential for and interpretation of forensic evidence within the context of crime investigation.

The combination of these two assessment styles will illustrate your ability to problem solve, undertake laboratory assessment and accurately and effectively communicate your opinions through authentic assessment tasks that align to and support your overall progression through your programme.

Pre-requisite(s)

L4 Skills for Forensic Scientists
L4 Principles and Practices in Forensic Science

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

You will learn the theory, knowledge and practical application of the core disciplines within forensic science. You will cover the identification, application and subsequent interpretation of trace material, toxicology, body fluids and DNA within the context of a forensic investigation. You will gain an appreciation of the complexity of differing case types, such as murder or burglary, and understand that each requires a different forensic strategy that is bespoke to the individual case. The principles of Case Assessment and Interpretation (CAI) will underpin your approach to developing a forensic strategy, examination and interpretation via a written statement in reference to a given case scenario.

The case studies, and practical experiences that underpin this module will provide an authentic experience of forensic science provision in the UK. The taught sessions will provide an innovative learning experience to establish your knowledge of the role and application of forensic science to crime investigation.

Course info

UCAS Code MF94

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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