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All students on the programme are offered free student membership for the duration of their degree.In your first year, you get to grips with the broad base of knowledge on which forensic science is built, including biochemistry, drug chemistry, and ballistics.Drug Abuse, Alcohol and Forensic Toxicology Drugs of abuse and their identification. Toxicology and the role of the forensic toxicologist. Document Examination: Signature and handwriting identification. Read more Mathematical Concepts for Impact Studies Newton's laws of motion Vectors Energy considerations Introduction to ballistics Categories of weapons Weapon mechanisms Ammunition construction Internal ballistics External ballistics Terminal ballistics Overview of Forensic Ballistics The 1968 Firearms Act (as amended)Categorisation of firearms and ammunition Shooting case studies Read more Laboratory safety: lectures on laboratory safety including safe handling of chemicals, electrical supplies, solvents and gases both within and outside fume cupboards, safe disposal of chemicals, Co SHH and risk assessment, accident prevention.Laboratory skills: the completion of a set of experiments in a lab environment within the safety structure as laid out by lab risk assessments.Forensic Science; Evidence and the Scene of the Crime What is forensic science? Identification, characterisation, recovery and weighting of trace evidence types.Historical and legal background of forensic science – exchange principles and linkage theory. Crime scene searching methodologies; the integrity and continuity of evidence.

We create ‘crime scenes’ - including using our brand new crime scene house - for you to examine and conduct ‘major incident’ exercises, where you react in real time to an unfolding event.

Periodic table and inorganic chemistry: Periodic trends in the periodic table: chemical properties, reactivity and compounds across periods 1 and 2, introduction to diagonal relationships; hydrogen and its compounds; Group 1 – the alkali metals, their compounds and reactivity; Group 2 – the alkaline earth metals, their compounds and reactivity; introduction to redox chemistry; the p-block: Group 13 elements, their properties and reactivity, the inert pair effect, the chemistry of boron; Group 14 elements, properties, compounds and reactivities, carbon and its allotropes; Group 15: the chemistry of the pnictogens, nitrogen, phosphorus and its allotropes; Group 16: the chemistry of the chalcogens; Group 17: the chemistry of the halogens; extension to MO and VSEPR theory; introduction to groups 12 and 18.

Molecular graphics: use of Marvin Sketch to represent and draw chemical structures and calculate molecular properties, using J-mol and J-ice to present molecular and crystal structures graphically, use of HULIS software to calculate energy levels from Hückel theory.

We also demonstrate how your forensic skills can be used within archaeology and in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

This programme is fully accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

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