Short Title:Laboratory Skills V for Forensics
Full Title:Laboratory Skills V for Forensics
Module Code:LSKI H3001
 
Credits: 10
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:MAIRE CALLAGHAN
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 forensic analysis, forensic genetics, and organic synthesis. 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 Select and perform appropriate methodology to solve analytical problems associated with forensic samples
LO2 Apply the skills to analyze and interpret experimental data obtained from different instrumental measurements and be able to effectively report findings.
LO3 Perform presumptive blood tests on crime scene samples
LO4 Extract buccal cell DNA and analyse for quality and quantity
LO5 Perform DNA profiling and determine profile frequencies and paternity indices using allele frequency data
LO6 Set up silica and alumina columns, load and separate a mixture. Identify the different components using TLC, UV, IR, Rf values and melting points.
LO7 Synthesise, purify and identify products using chromatography, distillation, crystallisation and spectroscopic technique
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Analytical Techniques I - Recording, analysis and discussion of experimental data in laboratory reports and notebooks. Practical exam to assess technicl competency adn the ability to analyse and interpret results. 1,2 40.00 Sem 1 End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Forensic Genetics - Recording, analysis and discussion of experimental data in laboratory reports and notebooks. Practical exam to assess technical competency and the ability to analyse and interpret experimental results. 3,4,5 30.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Organic Reactions and Mechanisms - Recording, analysis and discussion of experimental data in laboratory reports and notebooks. Practical exam to assess technical competency and the ability to analyse and interpret experimental results. 6,7 30.00 n/a
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 Practical Sessions 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Preparation for lab sessions; writing reports; lab exam preparation 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • J. Thomas McClintock 2014, Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence, 1st Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 9781466504561]
  • Douglas A. Skoog,F. James Holler,Stanley R. Crouch 2017, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9781305577213]
  • Klaassen, C.D. 2008, Cassarett and Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, McGraw Hill
  • 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
  • edited by Stephane Caron 2011, Practical synthetic organic chemistry, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-03733-1]
  • Daniel C. Harris 1999, Quantitative chemical analysis, W.H. Freeman New York [ISBN: 0-7167-2881-8]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • ., Cancer Letters, European journal of Pharmacology, Chromatographia, Journal of Chromatography, etc
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 5 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 5 Mandatory