Introduction to Ballistics - PSCI3240

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module provides an introduction to the mathematical, physical, social and legal concepts that underpin academic study in the field of ballistics.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Lab Report 1 (20%) – 800 words
Lab Report 2 (20%) – 800 words
Essay (40%) – 1100 words
Presentation (20%) – 10 minutes

Indicative reading

Understanding Firearm Ballistics, R.A. Rinker. Mullberry Hs, USAISBN 0-9645598-4-6
Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics, Brian Heard, Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 0470694602
Small Arms, Derek Allsop & M Toomey, Brassey's (UK) Ltd. ISBN 1857532503

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:
Newtonian mechanics relating to the flight of projectiles.
Energy considerations in ballistics.
Weapon mechanisms.
Overview of the main stages of ballistics (Internal, Intermediate, External and Terminal).
UK Firearms Law.
Applications of forensic science to ballistics.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Increasing of students' general mathematical abilities.
The application of mechanics to different scenarios.
The application of law to ballistics.
Develop practical skills in ballistics.
Writing of reports for different audiences.
Development of oral presentation skills.
To develop the skills required for higher level ballistics modules.
Development of research skills and the use of scientific literature.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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