AP0603 - Advanced Forensic Investigation

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how advances in forensic science can be applied to major crime investigation. You will learn how to use the casework assessment and interpretation (CAI) model in the intelligence and evaluated phases of the investigation of crime, as well as the use of Baysian statistics to evaluate the strength of evidence and the conclusions/limitations that can be drawn from the analytical results. Embedded throughout the module will be case studies from violent, sexual and major crime used to supplement and underpin your learning.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical/ ICT sessions.

Lead lectures will introduce different topics and include in-class exercises, such as discussions of case studies, interpretation of practical data to reinforce the material from the traditional lecture sessions and provide informal formative feedback to you. Practical work will allow you to further develop subject specific skills, illustrate appropriate aspects of the theory, and allow you to put theoretical principles into practice.

Where appropriate, taught sessions will have associated directed learning materials, for example advance preparation for practical sessions and/ or the scholarship of case studies, which will be used with specific questions to test your ability to apply your knowledge and understand the real life application to crime.

You will be expected and encouraged to undertake a more independent approach to your learning by reading around the subject and for completion of assignments, through the use of recommended databases and literature sources.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during laboratory practicals. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the scientific theory underpinning the laboratory tests and the 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 critically apply your knowledge and understanding of forensic aspects of crime to open-ended real-world scenarios
• You will demonstrate a broad knowledge of wider concepts and principles in forensic science and relevant specialist areas

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will demonstrate your ability to research, extract, prioritise and utilse scientific data from a range of sources using a of variety of research tools

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by 4,000 word essay, which is 100% of the module total.

Coursework will be focussed on the development of a sound understanding and application of the casework assessment and interpretation (CAI) model in the investigative and evaluative phases of major crime investigation. MLO's 1-3


Class exercises and practical sessions will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills and assess their knowledge with embedded formative feedback.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will focus on the use of forensic science within violent, sexual and major crime investigations and will review the interpretation and evaluation of the evidence within the context of a particular scenario. Emphasis will be based on a ‘holistic’ approach to forensic investigations and on the casework assessment and interpretation (CAI) model in the intelligence and evaluated phases of crime investigation as well as the use of Baysian statistics to evaluate the strength of evidence and the conclusions/limitations that can be drawn from the analytical results.

Course info

UCAS Code F410

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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