Introduction to Ballistics - FSCI3080

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Module delivery information

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


This module introduces students to the mathematical, physical, social and legal concepts that underpin academic study in the field of forensic ballistics.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


This is available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz (2 hours) – 20%
• Presentation (10 minutes) – 40%
• Written Assessment (500 words) – 40%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of Newtonian mechanics relating to the flight of projectiles;
2. Demonstrate rudimentary knowledge of firearm mechanisms;
3. Demonstrate core knowledge of firearm ammunition;
4. Demonstrate basic applications of forensic science to ballistics;
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of social and political influences of firearms on society.


  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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