Modern Approaches to Incident Management - PSCI7170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) Andrew Langley checkmark-circle


This module will cover the core principles behind the management and investigation processes that may relate to a range of forensically-relevant incident types. Indicative areas of discussion may include investigation of civil infrastructure incidents, disaster victim identification (DVI), acts of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as well as managing forensic resources over a range of major and smaller incidents. Students will also manage a team of scene investigators as part of a simulated incident investigation.


Contact hours

Private Study: 266
Contact Hours: 34
Total: 300


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Incident Management Practical (3 hours) – 25%
• Incident Management Report (3,000 words) – 15%
• Table-top Exercise (3 hours) – 25%
• Critical Case Study Assessment (5,000 words) – 35%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the general processes involved with managing various incident types (indicative topics may include – civil infrastructure incidents, disaster victim identification (DVI), acts of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and smaller scale murder scene investigation).
2. Understand evidential prioritisation in relation to incident investigation.
3. Manage evidence recovery, storage and analysis.
4. Manage personnel & logistics in live and simulated incidents.
5. Write a critical report based on their own incident scene management.
6. Understand the science underlying chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents.
7. Apply a multidisciplinary scientific knowledge to their incident investigation processes across many different possible scenarios.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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