Short Title:Laboratory Skills VI for Forensic Science
Full Title:Laboratory Skills VI for Forensic Science
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LSKI H3002
 
Credits: 10
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Shane Murphy
Module Description:This module will be based on practical laboratory experience. It is intended that this practical module will cover laboratory based topics from modules in 'Materials and Trace Analysis', 'Pharmacology' and 'DNA Analysis'. In all practicals, students will be encouraged to develop their ability to integrate the use of various laboratory techniques in problem solving. The concept of team-work, good laboratory practice and the need for both validation and statistical evaluation of results will be emphasized throughout.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Materials: Retrieve and sort material and trace evidence.
LO2 Materials: Inspect material and trace evidence samples under stereo-microscope and mount and compare with controls under comparison microscopes.
LO3 Materials: Obtain and interpret images and spectra from material trace evidence by SEM and EDX (Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive X-Ray analysis).
LO4 Materials: Use a GRIM apparatus to measure the Refractive Index of glass.
LO5 Pharmacology: Select, set-up and perform experiments using appropriate analytical techniques for the purification, identification and quantitative analysis of selected pharmacological agents. Selected pharmacological responses will be detected and evaluated using industrially used bioassays and spectroscopic techniques.
LO6 Pharmacology: Carry out standard in vitro bioassays, along with necessary statistical analysis.
LO7 DNA Analysis 1 - Be able to apply adapted PCR Technologies e.g. Multiplex PCR
LO8 DNA Analysis 1: Isolate bacterial DNA and type microbial species using various PCR based microbial typing technologies
LO9 DNA Analysis: To perform and optimise electrophoretic and spectroscopic analysis of DNA
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Materials and Trace analysis: Assessment will be a combination of the following: recording of experimental data in lab notebooks or worksheets, preparation of lab reports, written or practical exam requiring data analysis and interpretation. 1,2,3,4 40.00 Ongoing
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pharmacology: Assessment will be a combination of the following: recording of experimental data in lab notebooks or worksheets, preparation of lab reports, written or practical exam requiring data analysis and interpretation. 5,6 30.00 Ongoing
Practical/Skills Evaluation DNA Analysis: Assessment will be a combination of the following: recording of experimental data in lab notebooks or worksheets, preparation of lab reports, written or practical exam requiring data analysis and interpretation. 7,8,9 30.00 Ongoing
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 No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Rapley, R. 2005, The Nucleic Acids Protocols Handbook, Humana Press
  • 2015, Rang and dale's Pharmacology, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone
  • Ausubel, F.M., Brent, R., Kingston, R.E., Moore, D.D., Seidman, J.G., Smith, J.A. and Struhl, K. 2002, Short Protocols in Molecular Biology, Wiley
  • Lees, M. 2003, Food Authenticity and Traceability, Woodhead Publishing
  • Kubic and Petraco 2009, Forensic Science Laboratory Manual and Workbook, 3rd ed Ed., 2,3,4,8,9,10,11,1213,14, CRC Press [ISBN: 13:978-1-4200-8719-2]
  • James, S.H. and Nordby, J.J. 2009, Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigation Techniques, CRC Press
  • Daniel C. Harris 2011, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Ed. [ISBN: 1-42921815-0]
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