AP0628 - Advanced Specialisms in Forensic Science

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to specialise in a particular area of forensic science, choosing from: trace evidence; drugs and toxicology or forensic genetics. As part of your studies you will demonstrate deeper theoretical knowledge and greater practical skill in the application and methodology of your chosen field. You will evaluate and critically appraise the scientific advances in your chosen field and their importance to crime investigation. Your practical and transferable laboratory skills will be strengthened in your chosen topic as you undertake bespoke experimentation to recover material and assess its significance. As part of your assessment you will evaluate both the theoretical and practical application of your chosen area within the context of crime investigation – considering the professional, social and legal issues where appropriate.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions specifically designed to provide the theory and laboratory skills to develop your knowledge and dexterity for your chosen specialism. Case studies and recent academic and government publications will supplement your learning, ensuring that your knowledge is situated within ‘real world’ experiences.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the scientific theory underpinning the application of various scientific 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 evaluate and critically appraise the role your chosen forensic specialism plays in the advance of forensic science (K1, K4)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will demonstrate effective research methodology to critically evaluate and utilise academic and government sources in reference to your chosen forensic specialism (I3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will be a single piece of coursework (2500-3000 words).

The coursework 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 aligned to your chosen specialism.

Formative discussion will take place during the seminars and during taught laboratory classes which will direct and support you to complete your coursework. Written feedback will be provided for your assessed piece of work.

Pre-requisite(s)

L5 Research Methods
L5 Core Disciplines in Forensic Science

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

You will choose to specialise in a particular area of forensic science, selecting from: trace evidence, drugs and toxicology; body fluids and blood pattern analysis. As part of your studies you will demonstrate deeper theoretical knowledge and greater practical skill in the application and methodology of your chosen field. You will evaluate and critically appraise the scientific advances in your chosen field and their importance to crime investigation. Your practical and transferable laboratory skills will be strengthened in your chosen topic as you undertake bespoke experimentation to recover material and assess its significance. As part of your assessment you will evaluate both the theoretical and practical application of your chosen area within the context of crime investigation – considering the professional, social and legal issues where appropriate.

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 your chosen forensic specialism 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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