Interpretation & Presentation of Evidence


This module takes an integrative and holistic approach to the application of forensic science to complex cases.


The aim of this Module is to apply cognitive abilities to critical analysis, deductive and inductive reasoning, conceptual understanding, interpretation and presentation of complex forensic science cases. To apply the skills and knowledge already gained, to extend and develop those skills and new skills and knowledge, to analyse, interpret and evaluate evidence and to develop a range of transferable skills not readily developed by any other means.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply a model for assessing case needs and for evaluating and communicating forensic science findings effectively and efficiently.

2.  Analyse, critically evaluate, interpret and present case study evidence, demonstrating a thorough and holistic approach.

Indicative Content

1 Contemporary Practice

Operating environment & expectations of professional forensic scientists. Opinion evidence. Probability concepts in case assessment & interpretation of evidence - the CAI model and the use of databases. The role of communication: the expert witness, statement writing & presentation of evidence in court.

2 Practical Case Study

Apply the full range of forensic science knowledge skills to identifying, obtaining, analysing, interpreting, evaluating, and presenting case study evidence in a moot court scenario.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching will be carried out by a combination of lectures and individual self-study to allow the students to become confident thinking forensic scientists.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 10
Assessment 50
Independent 116

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.