Short Title:Introduction to Forensic Science
Full Title:Introduction to Forensic Science
Module Code:DNFO H1001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Luke Mc Guigan
Module Description:The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of the basic principles of Forensic Science including DNA analysis and to allow them to apply this knowledge to practical scenarios and to the analysis of appropriate samples. Students will be expected to gain a broad understanding of the forensic approach to searching crime scenes and the recording, analysis and communication of data. The students must also display an understanding of the variety of biological, chemical, material and toxicological samples available for analysis and develop and demonstrate a knowledge of the forensic techniques involved in the analysis of those samples.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the procedures involved in processing a crime scene and the searching for, recording and collection of crime scene evidence
LO2 Describe the collection of biological, chemical, material and ballistics evidence and the type of analysis relevant to those sample categories
LO3 Discuss the relevance and application of DNA typing and blood spatter analysis to criminal investigations
LO4 Classify drugs into illegal and legal categories and describe analytical methods used for drug and poison testing

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Continuous assessment in-class written examination 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

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
Lecture Lectures will be delivered on the key concepts of forensic science as outlined in 'contents' section above. Forensic Case studies highlighting the importance of effective crime scene searching, appropriate evidence collection and preservation, as well as analysis of a range of samples will be discussed in class. Additional insight into 'forensic science in action' will be provided by guest lecturers from relevant forensic disciplines. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time The student will be required to consolidate the knowledge imparted in lectures through independent learning, the duration of which will depend on the individual learner. An indicative average is estimated to be in the region of 3 hours. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Richard Saferstein 2011, Criminalistics, 10th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0132545799]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Gaensslen, Harris and Lee 2008, Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics, McGraw Hill [ISBN: 13:978-0-07-298848-2]
  • Stuart H. James,Jon J. Nordby 2009, Forensic Science, CRC Press [ISBN: 9781420064933]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: European Network of Forensic Science InstitutesEuropean Network of Forensic Science Institutes

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 1 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 1 Mandatory