Firearms & Ballistics - PS556

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR CJ Shepherd

Pre-requisites

PS324 - Introduction to Ballistics.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

  • Internal ballistics
  • Weapon failure
  • Suppressors
  • Cartridge case and bullet analyses
  • Gunshot residue analyses
  • Serial number restoration
  • Trajectory analyses
  • Wound ballistics
  • Shooting scene reconstruction
  • The effect of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • A multidisciplinary approach to ballistics
  • Modern Ballistics research.
  • Details

    This module appears in:


    Contact hours

    25 hours of lectures, 3 three hour Laboratory classes, 7 two hour Workshops.

    Availability

    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.

    Preliminary reading

    Understanding Firearm Ballistics, R.A. Rinker. Mulberry Hs, USA. ISBN 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)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    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.

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