Short Title:Laboratory Skills II for Forensics
Full Title:Laboratory Skills II for Forensics
Module Code:LSKI H1002
 
Credits: 10
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:KEVIN M NOLAN
Module Description:This module will cover laboratory based topics from Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics. The Scientific Computing component will provide the student with an understanding of computer and network applications, as well as the skills to use desktop computers and applications appropriate to scientific research and industry. In all practicals, students will be encouraged to develop their ability to integrate the use of various laboratory techniques in order to solve a prescribed scientific problem. The concept of team-work, good laboratory practice and the need for both validation and statistical evaluation of results will be emphasized throughout. An underlying theme will also be the development of students’ scientific presentation skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Biology: Explain and apply aseptic technique and microbial staining techiques
LO2 Biology: Explain and apply simple qualitative and quantitative techniques for the analysis of proteins and carbohydrates
LO3 Chemistry: Demonstrate a range of organic chemistry laboratory techniques including setting up simple reflux reactions, distillation, extraction, TLC and functional group testing/characterisation.
LO4 Chemistry: Prepare simple organic compounds, purify and perform simple characterisation tests on them.
LO5 Physics: Demonstrate skills in assembling and using a range of physics equipment for making measurements in Mechanics, Material Properties and Optics.
LO6 Physics: make appropriate measurements of a range of physical properties including: density,viscosity,elasticity, focal length, refractive index, wavelength.
LO7 Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Carry out required calculations, tabulate and plot data, extract relevant information from experiments, interpret data and logically explain expected and anomalous results.
LO8 Scientific Computing: Know the features of, and how to operate a Personal Computer (PC) within a typical client-server network environment.
LO9 Scientific Computing: Demonstrate skill in drafting scientific and technical documents; in data analysis and graphing; and in creating chemical drawings.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Biology 2: Assessment will be based on a combination of the following: Recording of experimental data in laboratory notebooks or worksheets; Preparation of laboratory reports; In-lab quizzes (a mix of prior-to-experiment and post-experiment quizzes); Written or practical laboratory exam requiring data analysis and interpretation 1,2,7 25.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Chemistry 2: Assessment will be a combination of the following: Recording of experimental data in laboratory notebooks or worksheets; Preparation of laboratory reports; Written or practical laboratory exam requiring data analysis and interpretation 3,4,7 25.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Physics: Assessment will be a combination of the following: Recording of experimental data in laboratory notebooks or worksheets; Preparation of laboratory reports; Written or practical laboratory exam requiring data analysis and interpretation 5,6,7 25.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Scientific Computing: Weekly Laboratories: 70% Three Laboratory CA Tests (Weeks 4, 8, 12): 30% 7,8,9 25.00 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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
Lab Laboratory Practical Sessions 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Independent Learning Reading laboratory manual or handout prior to the lab; Completion of laboratory reports, worksheets or computer-based assessments as required. Study for laboratory exams. 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 16.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Hart, Crane & Hart 2007, Organic Chemistry – A Short Course, 12th ed Ed., Houghton Miffen Co
  • Robert Ouellette 1998, Organic Chemistry – A Brief Introduction, 2nd ed Ed., Prentice Hall
Recommended Book Resources
  • Graeme D. Ruxton,Nick Colegrave 2016, Experimental Design for the Life Sciences, 4th Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780198717355]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Manual: Revised annuallyLab Skills II Manual
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 2 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 2 Mandatory