Introduction to Forensic Science - FSCI3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Robert Green checkmark-circle


In this module students will experience a broad overview of evidence categories and crime types commonly encountered within the criminal justice system. Students will also be taken through a range of techniques associated with the delivery of forensic science to support this system.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


This is available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 20%
• Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 20%
• Online Test (3 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate rudimentary knowledge and understanding of a range of techniques associated with contemporary forensic science;
2. Demonstrate fundamental skills in forensic investigation and interpretation and apply them to forensic examination and analysis;
3. Appreciate the importance of incident investigation, evidence recovery, preservation, continuity and integrity and presentation as an expert witness within the judicial environment;
4. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to forensic science and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems;
5. Ability to recognise and analyse novel problems involving forensic science and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data by a variety of computational methods;
6. Evidence recovery, preservation, analysis, and presentation to principle professional standards.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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