Introduction to Forensic Science

Module code: CH1030

Module co-ordinator: Professor Robert Hillman

Topics covered

  • 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%)