Scene Examination and Management


This module explores some of the advanced principles of and techniques used in Forensic Science as well as the roles of Forensic Scientists. This will include higher level forensic practical skills involved in the investigation, searching and examination of crime scenes, as well as the examination techniques utilised in the examination of some of the evidence types found at crime scenes


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the ability to evaluate, examine and understand the process, management and control of crime scenes, along with the techniques and methodology of crime scene investigation and examination. As well as develop a sound understanding of the value of selected chemical and physical techniques in criminal investigations

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Assess, manage safely and secure major incident and crime scenes

2.  Apply techniques of crime scene examination recording and searching

3.  Locate and collect effective samples of evidence

4.  Assess and interpret crime scene evidence

5.  Select appropriate techniques for evidence recording, packaging and labelling to preserve and protect evidence and maintain the chain of custody of evidence

6.  Produce a Court Report to record and report findings from the evidence collected at a crime scene

Indicative Content

1 Approach to Crime Scene Investigation

Roles responsibilities and liabilities of crime scene investigation and management, along with protection of the scene and co- ordination from initial assessment to scene conclusion

2 Crime Scene Examination and Searching

Methodologies of effective searching, examination of points of entry, systematic approach, use of light sources and photography. Fingerprinting techniques (e.g dusting, ninhydrin and cyanoacrylates), fingerprint identification and classification, casting techniques for toolmarks and footwear marks, footwear enhancement, comparison and identification

3 Advanced Enhancement Techniques

Application of advanced enhancement techniques of latent marks using chemical and lighting techniques, along with selection of the appropriate visualisation techniques to develop latent marks on various substrates

4 Report writing

The production of reports used to record evidence found at a scene and present evidence in court, which will follow the evidence from crime scene to court

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The lectures will introduce the background theory of crime scene management, advanced methods of crime scene recording and evidence collection methods as well as evidence analysis and interpretation. The tutorial/seminar sessions will utilise case studies and involve team working, formative assessment, self-assessment and communication opportunities, such as presentations and talks to aid in student development and understanding of the module content. The lectures and tutorial/seminars will be reinforced by the practical sessions, which in turn will allow contextualisation of the knowledge and provide further team working and communication opportunities as the students will need to organise their teams for the practical sessions, such as decisions on the role each student will take at the crime scene and in the laboratory sessions afterwards

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 18
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 46
Independent 112

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.