Cartridge case and bullet analyses
Gunshot residue analyses
Serial number restoration
Shooting scene reconstruction
The effect of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
A multidisciplinary approach to ballistics
Modern Ballistics research.
This module appears in:
- Physical Sciences Stage 2/3/4
- STMS Undergradute Stage 2 & 3
25 hours of lectures, 3 three hour Laboratory classes, 7 two hour Workshops.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Assessment is 60% by examination and the remaining 40% by continual assessment consisting of 3 lab reports.
Understanding Firearm Ballistics, R.A. Rinker. Mulberry Hs, USA. ISBN 0-9645598-4-6Handbook 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)
Understanding the internal working of a range of firearms.Knowledge of heat transfer within firearms.
Seeing how firearms can fail and why.
Understanding how sound and flash moderators operate.
To be aware of the different methods utilised for gunshot residue analysis.
To use methods employed for serial number restoration of tampered firearms.
Be able to reconstruct bullet trajectories from crime scene evidence.
Knowledge of how to extrapolate useful information from ballistic trauma.
The consideration of all evidence at a shooting scene to reconstruct possible scenarios.
To understand the effects of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the body and other structures.
To have a consideration of how to take a multi-disciplinary approach to ballistics.
To be aware of how up-to-date research in the field of ballistics is carried out.
Generic learning outcomes:
Building on the ballistics knowledge learned in PS324 – Introduction to Ballistics.
Increasing of students' general mathematical abilities.
The application of law to ballistics.
Develop practical skills in ballistics.
Writing of reports for different audiences.
To develop the skills required for employment in the ballistics field.