SCQF Level: 10
Module Code: FOR403
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: School of Science, Engineering & Technology
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.
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.
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
|Supervised Practical Activity||0|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||10|
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.