General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
FORS - Forensic Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aodhmar Cadogan
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science

This module provides a foundation in crime scene management and crime scene investigation.  Appropriate management of information and evidence is fundamental to the efficacy of subsequent laboratory based examination or analysis.  Any short comings at the crime scene management stage cannot be overcome by any subsequent laboratory analysis or post analysis interpretation. The module emphasises the crucial value of reliable and painstaking work at the crime scene where the continuity of evidence starts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Illustrate the potential complexity of crime scene investigation and explain the techniques that CSI's use to process a scene.  Link the taking of specific evidence to the forensic strategy while maintaining the integrity of the scene, avoiding contamination and starting the continuity of evidence chain.


Describe the roles, responsibilities and liabilities of all personnel involved in the processing of a crime scene with particular emphasis on Scenes of Crime Investigators(CSI), First responder and Senior Investigation Officer and others with specific responsibility at the crime scene. 


Build skills relevant to CSI's through practical work in the laboratory, including development of fingerprints, footprints, tool-marks, use of light sources and digital photography and BPS interpretation.  Take part in a team mock crime scene excercise.


Implement safe working practices ( personal safety, safety of team members and others present)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time.  It will include lectures and laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning.  This approach is expected to address student needs.  Moodle will be used as a repository of learning material.  Guest speakers and practitioners will be included when possible.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment and / or repeat attendance at practicals.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

1. Fingerprint analysis, history, principles of fingerprints, classification of prints, AFIS, detection and imaging methods.

2. Footwear and Tool marks, finding footmarks,  recovering and recording impressions, casting (3-D), use of light sources and BPA.

3. Class characteristics and individualising characteristics of evidence

4. Roles, responsibilities and information needs of all personnel involved in the processing of a crime scene.  CSI, First Responder, Senior Investigation officer,  Medical Personnel, Pathologists, Anthropologists, Entomologists, Odontologists, Scientists, and other forensic specialists.

 5. Body identification and Mass disasters.

6. Preservation and documentation of the crime scene.  Methods for systematic searching, recording, collection, packaging and labelling of evidence, practical constraints, the need for timeliness. Chain of custody; record keeping; the use of controls and reference materials; traceability of documentation; effective use of notebooks. Photography and Digital evidence.

7. Practical Syllabus includes examination of simulated evidence, sketching and preparation of lab reports with appropriate interpretation.  Sampling, collection and packaging of physical evidence e.g. fingerprints, palmprints, footwear prints (scene and reference), blood, hair, glass and fibres. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Class Test Coursework Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 7 1
2 Class Test Coursework Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 13 2
3 Case Study Coursework Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 1,2
4 Practical Laboratory Work Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 40 % OnGoing 3,4
5 Guest speakers / specialists, visits to outside agencies Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical / Laboratory Science Laboratory Crime Scene Practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-11 Practical Skills in Forensic Science Practical Skills
ISBN 1292139463 ISBN-13 9781292139463
Required Reading
2016-08-24 Forensic Science Pearson Higher Ed
ISBN 9781292088235 ISBN-13 1292088230
Required Reading
2016-01-20 An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN 9781284108149 ISBN-13 1284108147

"An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation" serves to eliminate warped impressions influenced by the media, and clearly identifies and explains the crime scene investigative process, components, methods, and procedures.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See booklist

Journal Resources

Crime Scene Journal

URL Resources

International Association of Blood Pattern Analysts

Crime scene investigator Network

European network of Forensic Science Institutes

Chartered Society of Forensic Science, UK

Other Resources


Additional Information