Module details for Scene Examination and Management


This module explores some of the advanced principles 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 collection of some 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. It will also develop a sound understanding of the value of selected chemical and physical techniques used in criminal investigations.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply techniques of crime scene examination recording and searching

2.  Assess and interpret crime scene evidence

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

4.  Locate and collect effective samples of evidence

5.  Produce relevant documentation relating to scene examination

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

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 for effective searching, examining 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 tool-marks and footwear marks, footwear enhancement, comparison and identification

3 Advanced Enhancement Techniques

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 18
Assessment 46
Independent 106
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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