Fundamental Forensic Techniques - FSCI5010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Andrew Langley checkmark-circle


This module will develop students' appreciation of a range of physical techniques applied to the collection of bulk and trace evidence materials in forensic science. Students will look more deeply into aspects of physical evidence and will deal with the practical issues of item examination, legal process and general procedure associated with the collection and submission of a range of forensically-relevant materials.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz 1 (2 hours) – 20%
• Online Quiz 2 (2 hours) – 20%
• Written Assessment (6 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Show understanding of the role of physical forensic methods in forensic practice.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the primary evidence types, their transfer and persistence.
3. Demonstrate understanding of emerging developments in forensic science.
4. Consider a broad range of forensic techniques to determine the examination strategy, sequencing, and probative value.
5. Demonstrate understanding of quality standards in respect of scene examination.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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