Short Title:Materials and Trace Analysis
Full Title:Materials and Trace Analysis
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MATS H3004
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Shane Murphy
Module Description:This module aims to provide the students with the knowledge and resources to identify and characterize trace evidence in the form of hair, fibres, paint, glass and FAR (Fire Arms Residue) using optical and electron microscopy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Classify trace evidence in the form of hair, fibre, paint, glass and FAR (Fire Arms Residue) as metallic, polymeric, ceramic, glass or composite materials and distinguish between these material types on the basis of composition and microstructure.
LO2 For each different form of trace evidence, select, describe and justify the sequence of the techniques employed in the examination and analysis.
LO3 Evaluate the imaging techniques and interpret the images from the range of microscope techniques used in the examination of trace evidence: stereo-, compound-, polarising- and fluorescent-microscopy, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy).
LO4 Interpret EDX spectra and appraise resolution capability of EDX (Energy Dispersive X-Ray).
LO5 Source data on material properties from databases. Extract information from articles in scientific publications in the area of forensic materials.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Two in-class examinations on course material, including slides, notes and research articles. Each worth 15%. 1,2,3,4 30.00 Ongoing
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 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 PowerPoint presentation with class interaction 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning CA and exam preparation 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

Recommended Book Resources
  • edited by Peter White 2004, Crime scene to court, 2nd ed Ed., 3 and 10, Royal Society of Chemistry Cambridge, UK [ISBN: 0-85404-656-9]
  • R.E. Gaensslen, H.A. Harris, H. Lee, Forensic Science and Criminalistics, 13 [ISBN: 13-978-0-07-298848-2]
  • Elizabeth M. Slayter, Henry S. Slayter, Light and electron microscopy [ISBN: 0521327148]
  • Watt, Ian M. 1997, The Principles and Practice of Electron Microscopy, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 6 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 6 Mandatory