Introduction to Forensic Science - FSCI3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
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

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Crime Scene to Court, the Essentials of Forensic Science, 3rd edition, White, P. (ed.) (2010)
Forensic Science, 3rd edition, Jackson, A.R.W. & Jackson J. M. (2011)
Criminalistics, 10th edition, Saferstein, R. (2011)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of techniques associated with contemporary forensic science.
Demonstrate skills in forensic investigation and interpretation and apply them to forensic examination and analysis.
Appreciate the importance of incident investigation, evidence recovery, preservation, continuity and integrity and presentation as an expert witness within the judicial environment.
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.
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.
Evidence recovery, preservation, analysis, and presentation to professional standards.
Demonstrate communication skills, self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
Demonstrate problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Demonstrate information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.


  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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