Forensic Physical Methods - PSCI5010

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will cover the following topics:
Evidential practice and law in relation to location, recovery, preservation, and interpretation of a wide range of forensic samples.
Statement and report writing to evidential standard.
Incident assessment and management in a wide variety of forensic environments.
Location, recovery and preservation of a range of forensic samples.
Incident mapping and photography.
Document and forgery analysis.
Modern and emerging forensic techniques


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 50
Total Private Study Hours: 100
Total Study Hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Online Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 15%
Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 15%
Case File – 70%
The online quizzes are compulsory sub-components and at least one must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Bevel, T. and Gardner, R.M. (2008). Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (Third Edition).CRC Press
Dutelle, A.W. (2013). Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation. Jones & Bartlett
Fraser, J. and Williams, R. (2009). Handbook of Forensic Science. London: Routledge
Saferstein, R. (2017). Criminalistics (An Introduction to Forensic Science). Harlow: Person Education, Prentice Hall.
White, P. (2004). Crime Scene to Court. Royal Society of Chemistry

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:
Understand the role of physical forensic methods in forensic practice.
Demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of the major physical forensic methods.
Display understanding of emerging developments in forensic science.
Assess, manage, and investigate a range of incident scenes
Recover, preserve, package and document evidential samples from a range of incident scenes to professional standards.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand the key areas of science and law that underpin forensic practice and methodology.
Understand the science and scientific methods underpinning forensic investigation and recovery of evidence.
Communicate complex scientific and forensic findings to a lay audience in written form.
Use problem solving, and information retrieval and handling.
Use team working and time management skills, and skills relevant to further study.


  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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