CPD Trace Evidence Analysis
Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits
This CPD award aims to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience that is required by a forensic scientist in order to identify and examine trace evidence, together with the ability to discuss, critically appraise and assess the results obtained.
Trace evidence such as paint, glass and fibres play a pivotal role in criminal investigations. It is essential for forensic scientists to be able to identify, differentiate and analyse different types of trace evidence as well as to be able to interpret the results. Analysis of the majority of trace evidence begins with advanced microscopic methods and in some cases can end with chemical composition determination.
On completion of the programme the student should be able to identify and differentiate between different types of trace evidence and to be able to interpret the results of their analysis, develop detailed knowledge of a range of advanced techniques used in the analysis of trace evidence and undertake a critical appraisal of the pivotal role and limitations played by trace evidence analysis using a case study.
After completing the module you should be able to:
- Identify and differentiate between different types of trace evidence and to be able to interpret the results of their analysis
- Develop detailed knowledge of a range of advanced techniques used in the analysis of trace evidence
- Undertake a critical appraisal of the pivotal role and limitations played by trace evidence analysis using a case study
Teaching and learning
Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.
This course consists of:
- 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
- 21 taught hours
- 200 learning hours
- First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
- Open to recruitment for Police Officer, Police Staff or other law enforcement agencies
The programme is assessed in two ways, both weighted equally, through the completion of a mini project and also by conducting the critical analysis of a case study.
- A Mini Project report
The mini project will take place over a specific period of time scheduled within the module delivery for which the student will have tutorials with an identified tutor to discuss their project. This project will involve analysis of trace evidence using the microscopic techniques that you have gained practical experience of in the workshops. Once you have completed the practical work you will be asked to present your findings as a report in the form of a scientific paper. This scientific report has a word count of 2,500 words and requires a minimum of 20 primary references.
- Critical Analysis of a Case Study
This will involve researching a number of case studies and choosing one to critically analyse the role, use and limitations of trace evidence analysis. The student will present their findings in the form of a poster.
This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.
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