General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
FORS - Forensic Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Fiona McArdle, 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 research project where they utilise the skills and competencies, that they have acquired in their programme of study, to research an area of forensic / analytical science.    

Learning Outcomes

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


Work independently on Forensic / Analytical problem.


Design experiments and/or casework related experiments and formulate a project plan


Execute experimental / practical activities, troubleshoot and problem solve within a limited time frame


Present a report on literature review, methodology, research findings, analysis of results.


Interpret and evaluate research findings including the use of statistical tests and defend and critically appraise their research findings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be allocated a research topic based on their preferred area and they will be assigned a supervisor. Students will independently formulate hypothesis and design their experiments taking consideration of the various limiting factors pertaining (e.g. equipment, time, reagents, safety, etc) and they will utilise the knowledge acquired from the literature (Project Part 1) to address the specific aspect of the subject matter under investigation.

Students will be facilitated by their supervisor and will report weekly to their supervisor to ensure their project / experimental design / experimental findings are in line with expectations and are of sufficient rigour.  

Module Assessment Strategies

The project is assessed in a number of ways:

Continuous assessment - this is carried out by the project supervisor and relates to the manner in which the student plans, organised and manages their own learning and experimental design during the project. It assesses the ability of the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to plan and manage their time and experimental / data collection autonomously. 

Written report - the written report is assessed by the project supervisor and a second academic. This assessment evaluates the students ability to accurately record, interpret, evaluate and draw conclusions from their experimental findings. This also allows the assessors an insight into the students understanding of a specific scientific topic in detail and the students ability to source literature, evaluate and interpret this literature and to place their own findings in context.

Presentation - the presentation is assessed by a number of academic staff including the project supervisor, second reader and other academic staff who have been involved in delivery of various modules within the programme. This presentation allows the student to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research findings in both poster and oral form. This enables the assessors to gain an insight into the students ability to communicate the knowledge gained during the project and also to evaluate the students deeper understanding of the value and limitations of their research methods and results. The presentations also give the student the opportunity to demonstrate their wider knowledge of the subject area and their ability to place this in context.  

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment

Module Dependencies

FORS07007 201000 Forensic Instrumentation & Analysis – research skills FORS08009 201300 FORENSIC PROJECT 1 (LITERATURE REVIEW)

Indicative Syllabus

Design a project plan indicating tasks and milestones and present as a Gantt chart on an assigned forensic / analytical topic

Operate a range of modern analytical instruments and be conversant with the use of related computer software and / or perform experimental analysis on a range of samples in a manner which delivers statistically relevant data

Conduct tests / experiments in a safe manner taking environmental factors into consideration if appropriate

Prepare risk assessments and maintain accurate records of tests / experiments

Complete a technical report including details of procedures, evaluation of results and conclusions

Present findings orally and defend research findings

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Project Write Up Project Individual Project 50 % Week 12 4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Progress, Practical work Continuous Assessment Individual Project 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3
3 Oral Presentation & Poster Project Individual Project 25 % Week 12 1,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Practical Work 7 Weekly 7.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2018-04-26 Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry Pearson Education
ISBN 9781292186740 ISBN-13 1292186747
Recommended Reading
2011-02-01 The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics OUP USA
ISBN 9780199768639 ISBN-13 0199768633
Recommended Reading
2000-08-31 Textbook of Research Ethics Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN 0306464489 ISBN-13 9780306464485
Recommended Reading
2011 Research Methods Taylor & Francis US
ISBN 0415489946 ISBN-13 9780415489942
Required Reading
2010-04-01 The Student'S Guide To Research Ethics McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335237975 ISBN-13 0335237975

Recommended Reading
30/09/2018 The Ethical Chemist Oxford University Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

As assigned by project supervisor

Other Resources

Institute of Technology, Sligo -  Research Ethics Policy

Institute of Technology, Sligo - Research Health & Safety Policy

Institute of Technology, Sligo - Examinations Marks and Standards

Science Direct

Web of Science



Additional Information

Supervisor to be assigned at ratio of 45 minutes per student for the semester

Science laboratory to be booked for use of student for 1.5 days per week for the semester