Short Title:Laboratory Skills I for Forensics
Full Title:Laboratory Skills I for Forensics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LSKI H1001
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Darvree Downey
Module Description:This module develops fundamental practical skills across the experimental science disciplines. The module will provide instruction in reagent preparation, measurement and calculations and safety procedures in the laboratory. The practical component is intrinsically linked to the theory covered in Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and Introduction to Forensics. Upon completion of this module the student will have the laboratory skills needed to analyse an experiment brief, set up and run experiments relevant to the theory modules; collect and analyse raw data and quote experiment results with errors. The concepts of observation, critical thinking, teamwork, good laboratory practice will be emphasised throughout.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the rationale for laboratory Health and Safety procedures and apply these procedures in the laboratory including the use of SDS information
LO2 Set up and run an experiment as described in a laboratory manual based on correct interpretation of the principles of the experiment
LO3 Prepare solutions of the required concentration and perform all calculations related to solution preparation and dilution
LO4 Analyse and report experimental data
LO5 Prepare laboratory reports in a specified format that discuss the experimental data obtained in the context of related theory.
LO6 Perform basic scientific analytical techniques that build on the theory learnt in Chemistry 1, Biology 1 and Introduction to Forensics.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Biology 1 - Assessment will be 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 completion quizzes); Written or practical laboratory exam requiring data analysis and interpretation 1,2,3,4,5,6 25.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Chemistry 1 - 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 1,2,3,4,5,6 25.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Introduction to Forensics - 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. 1,2,4,5,6 25.00 Every Week
Continuous Assessment LPP - Computer-based interactive exercises and assessments on Measurement, Concentration, Solution Preparation and Laboratory Safety. 1,3,4 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 practicals sessions 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Independent Learning Studying laboratory manual or handouts prior to lab practicals; 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
  • Laboratory Practical Manual, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Recommended Book Resources
  • Lecture Notes from Theory Modules
  • Jo Allan Beran, 2010, Laboratory Manual for Principles of General Chemistry, 9th Ed. Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-64789-9]
  • A. Keith Furr 2000, Handbook of Laboratory Safety, 5th Ed., CRC Press
  • Dany Spencer Adams 2003, Lab Math: A handbook of Measurements, Calculations, and other Quantitative Skills for use at the bench, Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory 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 1 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 1 Mandatory