Analytical Forensics 2.1


Analytical Forensics 2.1 module combines theory with practical work where forensic case studies provide the backdrop for chemical analyses in the laboratory. The student has a comprehensive knowledge of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques for qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic and inorganic chemical entities. The theory is presented to illustrate "real world" applications of analytical chemistry in forensic science.

The student learns the basic methods of spectroscopy which include uv/visible radiation (UV-Vis), fluorescence, atomic absorption (AA), flame absorption and infra-red (R). The basic methods of chromatography which include gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), thin layer chromatography (TLC) and ion-exchange column chromatography (IEC) are also covered.

Through the practical work the student learns how to follow procedures, to prepare samples for analysis, use mathematical methods to process analytical data, obtain quantitative results and report results in a proper manner with the end goal of solving the particular forensic scene scenario.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Display a knowledge of the basic theoretical principles underlying methods of spectroscopic and chromatographic analysis and an understanding how they can be applied in the context of forensic. To be able to apply the theory to the forensic analysis of drugs, polymers, toxicological samples, fibres, paint, explosives, arson residues, and documents.

  2. Follow laboratory procedures and prepare samples for analysis by spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques.

  3. Operate a wide range of analytical instrumentation under supervision.

  4. Process analytical data and obtain quantitative results.

  5. Write reports using mathematical methods.

  6. Assess the validity of the results

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%