Introductory Forensic Science 2

Module code: CH2208

In this module, you'll build upon the forensic science and chemistry skills that you gained in Introductory Forensic Science I last year. You'll delve deeper into forensics, and take a broader look at the skills needed when being part of a criminal or civil investigation.

Topics covered

  • Recording, observational and analytical skills when dealing with a forensic investigation
  • The different types of evidence and their limitations
  • Communication skills when an expert witness and the need for scientific reasoning
  • Philosophical principles of science, including deductive and inductive reasoning and the concept of falsification
  • The role and function of the principal actors in and main elements of the criminal justice system
  • The relationship between statutory material, code of practice & case law as authorities for legal propositions
  • The situational application of law

Learning

  • 33 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of practical classes/workshops
  • 115 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework (40%)
  • Exam, 1 ½ hours (60%)