Completion of Stage 3 Forensic Science to a prescribed threshold (50% average mark with no credits to be awarded by compensation).
School of Physical Sciences
Procedures for Projects Involving Human Participation
It is a University requirement that any final year project undergraduate, postgraduate or staff research project involving human participants should be subject to a procedure to determine whether ethics approval is needed. The procedure employed by SPS and the Faculty of Science are described here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/stms/faculty/adminprocedures/research-ethics/index.html
Undergraduate projects PH600, PH603, PS620, CH620, PS720, PS740 and PH700
Each project proposal collected from academics will include an ethics approval checklist designed to determine if ethical approval is required from the faculty i.e. does the project involve human participants. It is the responsibility of convenors to ask supervisors to fill in these checklists with students. If the answer to any of the questions on the checklist is yes please see below;
The following text will be introduced into the information pack or the handbooks of the module:
Before you commence any work, it is important that the ethics of that work be considered; for example, taking fingerprints or collecting images of faces of your colleagues etc. Your supervisor will discuss any ethics issues with you and you should keep a copy of the documentation
For projects involving human participants other than those conducting the project itself, students and their supervisors are required to read, note and act upon the guidelines available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/stms/faculty/adminprocedures/research-ethics/index.html to obtain approval from the Sciences Research Ethics (Human Participation) Advisory Group.
Further information on Ethics can be obtained from Dr Donna Arnold, SPS representative on the Sciences Research Ethics Advisory Group.
OverviewStudents will undertake a project from an available project listing and will work under the guidance of a supervisor. The student will be encouraged to develop some level of research independence within the project remit appropriate of an M-level masters' student. The project will be assessed on a number of criteria which will include the project work (the amount, quality etc appropriate for the level), effort put in by the student, the preparation of a written report and an oral presentation session. The students progress will be assessed at the end of the first term through some form of progress report. This will also involve some degree of forward planning such that the students assess their own project requirements for the following term allowing the student to learn time management and forward planning skills.
This module appears in:
Minimum of 2 days per week for 22 weeks.
This module is expected to occupy 600 total study hours including the contact hours above.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
100% coursework, this can be broken down into the following;
Appropriate learned journals and texts as set by project supervisor and sourced by student
To build on the research independence gained in year 3 as part of PS720 (Advanced Forensic Science Laboratory).
To establish advanced research skills at M level.
The capacity to undertake advanced scientific investigations, advanced problem solving and data analysis in a research environment.
Ability to communicate scientific ideas through presentations and written reports.
In conjunction with PS700 (Physical Science Research Planning) to gain knowledge of how research is structured and funded.
Time management and forward planning skills