Chemistry for the Analysis of Trace Evidence - FSCI6030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Robert Barker checkmark-circle


This module will provide Forensic Scientists with an understanding of the chemistry behind the analysis of trace evidence. Students will be introduced to how complex instrumentation is used in these analyses and provide the background concepts needed to understand and interpret data.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz (2 hour2) – 10%
• Written Assessment (6 hours) – 30%
• Examination (3 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate systematic knowledge of core and foundation scientific chemical and physical concepts when related to the analysis of trace evidence, terminology, theory, units, conventions and methods in relation to the chemical and forensic sciences.
2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding in areas of chemistry and forensic science including properties of different types of trace evidence, the underlying theory behind how instrumentation works and data collection and interpretation using advanced instrumentation.
3. Appreciate developments at the forefront of analysis of trace evidence in Forensic Science.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the analysis of trace evidence and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
5. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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