Forensic Expert Witness Skills - PS602

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) PROF MJ Went

Pre-requisites

Successful completion of Stage 2 of the Forensic Science degree programme; or equivalent background.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

  • Investigating how science is reported in the media. Writing a press release.
  • Designing and producing a poster.
  • Acting as an expert forensic science witness. Writing and defending an expert witness report – this currently takes place in the Canterbury Magistrates' court.
  • Details

    This module appears in:


    Contact hours

    12 hours of lectures, 1 tutorial, poster session and mock court.

    Availability

    This is not available as a wild module.

    Method of assessment

    This module is assessed by coursework. Press release (20%), Poster (10%), Writing (40%) and defending (30%) an expert witness report.

    Preliminary reading

    Bond, Catherine, (2007) The expert witness in court: a practical guide, 3rd Ed, Shaw

  • Wall, (2009) Forensic Science in Court: The role of the expert witness, Wiley Blackwell
  • Langford, Alan (2010) Practical skills in forensic science, 2nd ed., Pearson, Prentice Hall
  • Jackson and Jackson, Forensic science, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to Forensic Science.

  • Skills in presenting scientific material and arguments clearly and correctly, in writing and orally, to a range of audiences.
  • Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication.
  • Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.

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