Short Title:Laboratory Skills III for Forensics
Full Title:Laboratory Skills III for Forensics
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:LSKI H2001
 
Credits: 10
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Luke Mc Guigan
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to develop the student's practical skills in forensic analysis and evidence collection, organic chemistry, and general microbiology. In all practicals, students will be encouraged to develop their ability to integrate the use of various laboratory techniques in order to solve a prescribed scientific problem. The concept of team-work, good laboratory practice and the need for both validation and statistical evaluation of results will be emphasized throughout. An underlying theme will also be the development of students’ scientific presentation skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Carry out basic GC and HPLC separations and analyse the results.
LO2 Carry out basic evidence searching experiments and detection of trace evidence
LO3 Perform synthesis and characterisation organic/bioorganic molecules of forensic importance
LO4 Separate mixtures of liquids/solids using acid/base chemistry
LO5 Measure optical activity of simple chiral compounds
LO6 Investigate microbial growth using a range of microbiological media and environmental conditions.
LO7 Examine ways of isolating, enumerating and controlling microorganisms.
LO8 Prepare specimens of microorganisms for microscopic and macroscopic examination using various techniques.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Chromatography & Evidence Searching (Arson & Explosives)- 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 40.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Organic Chemistry - Assessment will be a combination of the following: recording of experimental data in lab notebooks or worksheets, written or practical exam, and simple molecular modelling exercises. 3,4,5 30.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation General Microbiology - 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. 6,7,8 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 Laboratory practical sessions 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Time Study of laboratory manual/handout ina dvance of practical session; completion of reports, worksheets or computer-based assessment; study for lab exams 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

Required Book Resources
  • Daniel C. Harris 2011, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Ed. [ISBN: 1-42921815-0]
  • Douglas A. Skoog... [et al.] 2004, Fundamentals of analytical chemistry, Thomson-Brooks/Cole Belmont, CA [ISBN: 0-534-41797-3]
  • James G. Cappuccino,Chad T. Welsh 2017, Microbiology: A lab manual, 11th Ed Ed. [ISBN: 9781292175782]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Lawrence Kobilinsky (Editor) 2012, Forensic Chemistry Handbook, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-471-73954-8]
  • Stephane Caron 2012, Practical Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Principles & Techniques, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0-470-03733-1]
  • S Bayne 2010, Forensic Applications of HPLC, CRC Press
  • T, Kubic 2009, Forensic Science Laboratory Manual & Workbook, 3rd Ed. Ed., CRC Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any 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