Introduction to Forensic Science
Module code: CH1030
Module co-ordinator: Professor Robert Hillman
- Requirements of forensic science investigations, from evidence collection to court proceedings.
- Recording, observational and analytical skills.
- Different types of evidence and their limitations.
- Communication skills and expert witnesses.
- Scientific reasoning.
- Underlying philosophical principles of science: deductive and inductive reasoning; falsification.
- Scientific debate: constructing cases for and against a particular argument.
- Critical assessment of scientific arguments from both the scientific literature and mass media.
- Ethical arguments in modern scientific scenarios.
- 20 one-hour lecture
- 3 one-hour seminars
- Exam, 90 minutes (50%)
- Ethics (25%)
- Continuous assessment (25%)