Short Title:Law and Ethics for Forensics
Full Title:Law and Ethics for Forensics
Module Code:LAWS H3006
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Combined Life Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Paul Gormley
Module Description:This module aims to introduce the student to the legal system and the ethical aspects of evidence and the role of the expert witness - Students will understand the progression of the legal process through the court system and the interrelationship with other state actors. The students will be exposed to case studies culminating in a mock criminal trial.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Introduction to the legal system, Constitutional rights, Legal obligations, The role of the expert witness.
LO2 Describe the role of state actors including An Garda Siochana in crime scene investigations.
LO3 Discuss the role of the professional / expert witness with regard to the legal requirements of criminal trials and the criteria to be followed.
LO4 Discuss the different types of evidence that may be adduced during the carriage of proceedings and the different legal challenges that may arise. Be able to identify and eradicate any possible conflict of interests. forensics from a legal perspective.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Continuous assessment assignment 1,2 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 No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 4.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Stuart H James and Jon J. Nordby 2009, Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 3rd ed Ed., CRC Press
  • Barry AJ Fisher 2003, Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, CRC Press
  • Andrew Szanton 2007, Forensic ethics and the expert witness, Springer
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jay D Aronson 2007, Genetic witness - science, law, and controversy in the making of DNA profiling, Rutgers University Press
  • Conor Hanly 2006, An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 9780717134939]
  • Raymond Byrne,J. Paul McCutcheon 2009, The Irish Legal System, Tottel Publishing
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