Practical Skills in Forensic Science 1 - FSCI3020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Andrew Langley checkmark-circle


This module introduces a range of forensically-relevant practical techniques from the initial processing of incident or crime scenes through to carrying out relevant laboratory analyses of evidence collected.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

* Laboratory Report 1 (3 hours) - 20%
* Laboratory Report 2 (3 hours) - 20%
* Portfolio (10 hours) - 40%
* Scene Assessment (3 hours) - 20%

Indicative reading

Langford, Dean, Reed, Weyers, Jones, Practical Skills in Forensic Science Third Edition, 2018, Pearson.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate and increase in their practical capabilities across a range of forensically relevant skills (which could include incident scene mapping, imaging, evidence collection and processing, consideration of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), ballistic testing, ammunition investigation etc).
2 Demonstrate an appreciation of the breadth of analyses that can be conducted in Forensic Science in relation to scene processing, evidence collection and analysis.
3 Apply knowledge gained in other Forensic Science modules to realistic practical scenarios.
4 Communicate Forensic practical work to others through subject-relevant reporting mechanisms.


  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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