Forensic Ballistics - FSCI5560

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Chris Shepherd checkmark-circle


This module will give students a background in forensic ballistics, including the investigation of shooting scenes, firearms law and wound ballistics.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Mathematics Assignment (2 hours) – 20%
• Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate mathematical ability in ballistics-related calculations outside the context in which they were first studied.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of how firearms operate.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding in the forensic analysis of cartridge cases and bullets.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of shooting scene reconstruction and the limitations of ballistic investigations.
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of wound ballistics.
6. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of UK firearms law.
7. Show a consideration of how to take a multidisciplinary approach to ballistic analysis and investigation.


  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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