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PHYS6013 - Physics of Forensics

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Title:Physics of Forensics
Long Title:Physics of Forensics
Module Code:PHYS6013
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This module is for anyone who likes solving problems. It uses the principles of physics to analyse evidence from crimes and vehicle accidents. Knowledge of physics is not required.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 apply the basic principles of physics in familiar and forensic contexts
LO2 examine and evaluate the scene of an accident or a crime
LO3 identify and correlate evidence
LO4 solve problems using deductive reasoning based on evidence
LO5 distinguish between science facts and science fiction
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
None
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
None
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

None
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to forensics
The role of forensics in the investigation of crimes and accidents. The role of evidence. Overview of scene processing.
Overview of key scientific techniques
Physical measurements. Materials analysis. Photography. Microscopy. Image analysis. Ballistics. DNA profiling. Blood grouping. Colour analysis. Spectroscopies.
Scene of the incident
Preserving the scene. Documenting the scene. Evaluating the scene. Roles of personnel.
Trace and contact evidence
Hairs and other fibres. Glass. Soils. Vegetable matter. Paint. Fingerprints. Footwear impressions. Document analysis. Bite marks. Tool marks. Tyre marks. Textiles. Blood. Blood spatter analysis. DNA. Firearms. Fires. Explosions.
Assembling a case
Crime and accident reconstruction and simulation. Comparing evidence, sequences and timelines. Analysis and presentation of data. The role of statistics. Logical analysis and deductive reasoning.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Scene evaluation 1,2 15.0 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Evidence gathering 1,3 15.0 Week 5
Multiple Choice Questions n/a 1,2,3 20.0 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Mock trial 4 10.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Analysis of TV programmes such as CSI 5 10.0 Week 11
Short Answer Questions n/a 3,4,5 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab No Description 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Alan Langford et al., Practical Skills in Forensic Science
  • Andrew R.W.Jackson, Julie Jackson, Forensic Science
  • William Hunter 2006, Solving Crimes with Physics, Mason Crest Philadelphia [ISBN: 1-4222-0036-1]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

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