Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Forensic Science

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION The study-unit focuses on the ability to glean information from the physical evidence that investigators find at a crime scene. The study-unit starts off by introducing students to the fundamental concepts and methods used in the field and moves on to more specific aspects of forensic science that are particularly relevant to Malta. Students will learn through practical lab sessions, video clips and examination of "evidence".

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit will provide students with opportunities to explore how different methods of scientific investigation are used in forensic work. The study unit will guide students in the application of scientific principles when exploring a crime scene. Students will develop critical and analytic skills by learning how to collect, analyse and question data present in a crime scene. Students will experience different ways of communicating their results and hence develop oral and written communication skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- select relevant scientific concepts and principles to critically examine evidence from a crime scene;
- describe a variety of forensic techniques used to investigate a crime;
- select the appropriate techniques used in the study of evidence from a crime scene;
- describe the proper procedures for collecting physical evidence; and
- summarise and discuss the results of a forensic investigation.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- conduct scientific experiments to analyse collected evidence;
- demonstrate critical thinking in the collection of facts;
- make informed decisions based on information obtained through the use methods of critical and scientific inquiry;
- solve numerical problems, perform numerical manipulations, and interpret tabulated, graphical, and/or statistical data; and
- defend decisions based on scientific analyses carried out on the evidence obtained from the crime scene.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Lecturers will provide case studies of crimes that will be used as the basis of the studies conducted during the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Marie Therese Camilleri Podesta'
Louis Francis Cassar
Marisa Cassar
Belinda Gambin
Kevin Emanuel Manicolo
Gilbert Mercieca
Alfred J. Vella

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