Short Title:Chromatography & Evidence Searching
Full Title:Chromatography & Evidence Searching (Arson & Explosives)
Module Code:INST H2009
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Sarah Maher
Module Description:The module aims to provide the students with: a knowledge of analytical measurement systems, theory of chromatographic methods, HPLC and GC techniques; the ability to carry out simple quantitative and qualitative analysis; the ability to apply chromatographic techniques to analytical laboratory environments; knowledge of forensic sample collection procedures and basic characteristics of forensic samples with a focus on arson and explosives.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the principal components and applications of modern chromatographic techniques, carry out system set up, perform separations of simple organic and biological molecules as used in forensics samples, using both HPLC and GC;
LO2 Utilise diagnostic skills in order to carry out basic trouble-shooting of a chromatographic system;
LO3 Know the basic chemical/biological composition and characteristics of forensic sample types;
LO4 Know how to collect and perform simple analysis of forensic samples;
LO5 Be familiar with general crime scene terminology as applied to sample collection and good laboratory practices and procedures.
LO6 Knowledge of the chemistry of explosives and how to detect, collect and analyse explosives.
LO7 Knowledge of arson and how to analyse and interpret evidence from a fire investigation.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment CA quizzes, on-line activities, in class exam and class case study assignments on forensic sample collection and methods of analysis, will form the continuous assessment element of this module. 1,2,3,4,5 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 1,2,3,4,5 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 Theory delivery, forensic case studies 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning CA and Exam preparation, case study work, problem solving 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
  • Daniel C. Harris 2011, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Ed. [ISBN: 1-42921815-0]
  • S Higson, Analytical chemistry, Oxford University press [ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-19-850289-0]
  • Douglas A. Skoog, F., Principles of Instrumental Analysis (Saunders Golden Sunburst Series)
  • F. Settle, B. Lamp, D. McCurdy 2012, Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Suzanne Bell 2006, Forensic Chemistry, Pearson Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, N.J. [ISBN: 0-13-147835-4]
  • Douglas A. Skoog, F. James Holler, Timothy A. Nieman 1998, Principles of instrumental analysis, Brooks/Cole United States [ISBN: ISBN: 0030020786]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Anthony J. Bertino, 2009, Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations, South-Western CENGAGE Learning [ISBN: 978-0-538-44586-3]
  • Willard, Merritt, Dean and Settle 1988, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, 7th ed Ed., Wadsworth Publishing Company
  • John G. Webster 1998, The Measurement, Instrumentation and Sensors Handbook, CRC Press
  • T. Kubic 2009, Forensic Science: The Basics, 2nd Ed. Ed., CRC Press
  • S. Bayne 2010, Forensic Applications of HPLC, CRC Press
  • S. Bell 2013, Fundamentals of Forensic Chemistry, CRC 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 3 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 3 Mandatory