Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry for Forensic Science - FSCI3030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Donna Arnold checkmark-circle


This module will provide forensic science students with some of the core understanding in inorganic and physical chemistry. These aspects will underpin students' understanding of Analytical Techniques and the Chemistry related to various forensic processes, leading to an enhanced understanding of Forensic Chemistry.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Online Quiz (1 hour) - 5%
Assessed Workshop 1 (4 hours) - 15%
Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) - 5%
Assessed Workshop 2 (4 hours) - 15%
Examination (2 hours) - 60%

Indicative reading

• Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry 7th Edition, 2018, Oxford University Press
• Clayden, Greeves, and Warren, Organic Chemistry 2nd Edition, 2012, Oxford University Press
• Atkins, de Paula, and Keeler, Physical Chemistry 11th Edition, 2017, Oxford University Press
• Keeler and Wothers, Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach 2nd Edition, 2013, Oxford University Press

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate knowledge of core and foundation scientific chemical and physical concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions and methods in relation to the chemical and forensic sciences.
2 Understand areas of chemistry including properties of chemical elements, states of matter, physiochemical principles, thermodynamics and inorganic chemistry.
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to inorganic and physical chemistry and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
4 Demonstrate and ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
5 Demonstrate the ability to collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.


  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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