General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
FORS - Forensic Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ted McGowan, Aodhmar Cadogan, Richard Sherlock
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Forensic Science and Analysis SG_SFORE_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis

The students engage in an independent piece of literature research where they utilise the skills and competencies that they have acquired in their programme  to compile a literature review on an assigned area of forensic / analytical science. The work is presented both as a written report and in oral format.


Learning Outcomes

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


Source primary literature on an assigned topic in forensic science / biology / chemistry


Critically appraise the quality and relevance of scientific literature and assess importance to assigned topic


Be self directed in terms of time, motivation and planning with minmal supervisory input


Demonstrate depth of sceintific knowledge and understanding in a clearly written, insightful, structured written review.


Present the findings as on oral presentation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In this module the students will engage in supervised self directed literature research on a topic related to the area of forensic science, biology or chemistry. The learning will be through review, appraisal and evaluation of literature sources on their topic of interest.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment - the students will be assessed by their supervisor on their ability to independently source relevant literature and to interpret and evaluate this literature in the context of the subject matter under study. They will also be assessed on their ability to meet interim deadlines and to respond to critical evaluation.

Written report - The final written report will be evaluated by the project supervisor and by a second academic. This assessment will evaluate the students ability to summarise the relevant literature as above into a cohesive report.  They also have to put forward a hypothesis and design experiments based on previous studies and with an awareness of the resources available.

Presentation - The written report will be defended by the student in an interview format and this will allow the student to further elaborate / explain their findings and chosen experimental design.   

Repeat Assessments

Repeat project or submission of a revised project.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Conduct a literature review on an assigned forensic / analytical topic using robust, high quality literature sources e.g. Journals, Books, inter-library loans, internet and other electronic media etc.

Write a cohesive, thorough report summarising the state of knowledge and current research on the assigned topic

Design experiments and a project plan indicating tasks and milestones and present as a Gantt chart (or similar format) for implementation in Forensic Project 2 module.

Present findings in a written and oral format in line with formatting, structure and  referencing guidelines provided.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Literature review Continuous Assessment Written Report 60 % End of Semester 1,2,4
2 Weekly updates, communication, feedback & demonstrated commitment Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 3
3 Presentation Project Interview 20 % Week 12 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Computer Laboratory Literature review 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Problem Based Learning Room Supervisor / Student review 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013 Research Harpercollins Pub Limited
ISBN 0007507119 ISBN-13 9780007507115
Recommended Reading
2013 Academic Writing Cambridge Scholars Pub
ISBN 1443850543 ISBN-13 9781443850544

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

None specified, student will need to identify books relevant to their own field of study both on shelf and in ebook format.

Journal Resources

See scientific databases and other resources at

URL Resources

ITSligo guide to referencing

ITSligo library guide on writing and research



Other Resources




Additional Information

Supervisor to be assigned at ratio of 0.5 hour per student for the semester