2 x 50-minute lectures weekly 6 x 3-hour laboratories per semester 1 x 240-minute on-line exercises per semester 6 x 60-minute on-line exercises per semester
1 1 of CHEM1101, CHEM1202 2 CHEM2712 - Analytical Separations 3 NANO2701 - Structure and Characterisation Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3)
Enrolment not permitted
FACH2702 has been successfully completed
This topic deals with advanced aspects of examination and analysis of chemical traces and materials, presentation of evidence in a moot court, and provenancing of humans, cultural/archaeological artefacts and foods/materials. Subjects covered will include examination of common organic and inorganic traces (soil, textile fibres (including animal hairs), paint, gunshot residues, explosives and explosives residues, glass and mineral particles, ignitable liquid residues, and nuclear materials), modern data treatment techniques, provenancing techniques, and the use of logicaly-correct frameworks for evaluation and presentation of evidence.
The aim of this topic is to introduce students to the composition and analysis of various materials that are commonly encountered in forensic, cultural heritage and analytical chemistry fields, modern approaches for treatment of chemical data sets, the evaluation of chemical evidence in a logically correct framework, and the presentation of evidence in court. Specifically, this topic aims to develop students who are able to:
Understand the appropriate equipment and methods to be used for the analysis of a wide variety of chemical trace materials
Prepare written and oral reports
Analyse and characterise chemical trace materials
Testify in a moot court
Act ethically as professionals
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:
Understand the composition of materials that are commonly encountered as chemical traces in analytical and forensic laboratories
Determine the appropriate sampling, handling and analytical processes for analysing chemical traces
Demonstrate understanding of the role and limitations of chemical trace analysis
Explain and apply the methods used for the analysis of glass, paint, hair/fibres, paper/ink, flammable liquids, explosives residues, minerals/soil, foods, cultural/archaeological artefacts and human specimens
Understand and apply data treatments to chemical data sets
Understand and apply logically-correct evidence evaluation frameworks to the analysis of chemical trace evidence
Prepare written and oral reports and testimony in a moot court
Apply their knowledge in order to solve a range of forensic and analytical problems
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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