Introduction to Ballistics - FSCI3080

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Module delivery information

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

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

• Understanding Firearm Ballistics, R.A. Rinker. Mullberry Hs, USA
• Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics, Brian Heard, Wiley Blackwell.
• Small Arms, Derek Allsop & M Toomey, Brassey's (UK) Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate an ability in Newtonian mechanics relating to the flight of projectiles.
2 Demonstrate knowledge of firearm mechanisms.
3 Demonstrate 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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