Forensic Expert Witness Skills - PS602

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR C Shepherd checkmark-circle


  • 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.


    This module appears in the following module collections.

    Contact hours

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


    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.

    Indicative 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)

    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.


    1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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