AP0600 - Forensic Science Research Project

What will I learn on this module?

This module comprises the research project for level 6 of the Forensic Science programmes. It is 40 credit module and aims to utilise your subject specific skills, both in terms of knowledge and laboratory skills, in an area of forensic science that is of interest to you.

You will identify and define a research topic in a chosen field of forensic science, plan a strategy for its implementation (in conjunction with an appointed supervisor) and be responsible for its implementation. It will engender in you a spirit of enquiry and curiosity in both practical and theoretical aspects of the topic. You will develop your information retrieval and critical appraisal skills, and encourage and require you to apply knowledge gained in other parts of the academic programme. It will enable you to develop the ability to evaluate experimental methods and data, and to provide the means to present findings and data in oral, poster, and written formats, and enable you to develop and practise skills relating to word-processing, spreadsheets, and other scientific and IT software packages and methods.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through 1:1 meetings with your project supervisor, extensive experimental and research laboratory time, guided literature research and independent learning. Your project will be individual but will utilize theories and concepts which will equip you with the knowledge and understanding that will enable you to predict and rationalise the outcomes of new situations. Your research will enable you to contribute to knowledge in your chosen subject.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning journey will be supported by 1:1 meetings with your project supervisor, and guided research in an appropriate research setting. Supporting information as to process and appropriate exemplars of submissions types will be available on the module’s eLearning Portal site.

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 able to conduct a literature survey on a proposed research topic and prepare a critical review
• You will be able to identify and plan the experimental strategy required to implement a programme of work and show understanding of its rationale by means of an oral presentation and written abstract
• You will be able to perform relevant laboratory and computational analysis to support a line of enquiry

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will be able to conduct appropriate experiments or investigations in a rigorous, efficient, and safety conscious manner
• You will be able to prepare a poster presentation summarising methods and results and demonstrate a clear understanding of their nature and significance by means of discussions with academic staff
• You will be able to explain your findings and its context both orally and visually to an expert and a general audience
• Demonstrate skills and proficiency in a range of transferrable skills including oral and written presentation, computer literacy, literature survey and appraisal, and other general research methods

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will be able to think independently, understand and justify your own opinions
• You will be able to demonstrate your curiosity in your subject, associated ethics and its implications in generating new knowledge

How will I be assessed?

This module will be assessed
• by two oral presentations (15 mins each; each worth 15% of the total module mark):
• The first in semester one will describe the background and aims of the project with a supporting PowerPoint presentation;
• The second in semester two describing the preliminary findings of the projects supported by A1 poster, and accompanied by a question and answer session with two academic staff.
Feedback will be given immediately orally in both situations. Additionally written feedback from the poster session will given to students prior to report submission - All MLO's
• by a final report (max 8000 words; worth 70%) which will summarize context, aims, findings and conclusion in an appropriate academic format for a dissertation. This will include a supervisor’s mark, worth 10%. Feedback will be given immediately as part of the marking process. All MLO's





Module abstract

The level 6 Forensic Science Research project is designed to enable you to take a topic from the forensic science syllabus and to further develop and refine your knowledge through the design, implementation and evaluation of a research project. You will start with a literature search to put the project in context, and to enable you and your project supervisor to devise detailed project aims. You will then have a period of experimentation over semester 1 and semester 2 to design and carry out open ended experimentation to address your research question. Finally you will be asked to report on your research area and your findings through oral presentations, a linked question and answer session and a final report. Feedback will be given on all assessments either electronically via eLP or in person at oral sessions. This module is designed to aid your employability in the science sector and to develop skills which will increase your employability more widely.

Course info

UCAS Code F410

Credits 40

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 2023

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