COURSE NAME FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
COURSE CODE: SCN3012
NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF: DR MOHD SUKRI HASSAN
RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME: This course emphasizes the major theories of chemistry as they apply to current forensic analytical techniques. It is an elective course and aimed at chemistry student who are interested in a future career in the forensic area.
SEMESTER AND YEAR OFFERED: SEM VI / YEAR 3
TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) FACE TO FACE NON FACE TO FACE

TOTAL GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT  LEARNING

L = Lecture

T = Tutorial

P = Practical

O= Others

L

22

T

 

0

P

 

6

SCL

 

0 

O

 

52

L + T + P + O = 80 HOURS

CREDIT VALUE:  2
PREREQUISITE (IF ANY): NONE
OBJECTIVES: 1.     Introduce the principal areas of forensic chemistry from the perspective of analytical chemistry.

2.     Familiarize
the
student
with
the
methodologies
involved
in
analyzing
forensic
samples.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

1.     Outline the basic concepts of chemistry to understand topics in forensic chemistry including: examining a crime scene and collecting evidence, forensic analysis of drugs, fibers, glass, fingerprints and other types of evidence. (LO4 C4)

2.     Display knowledge on commonly utilized techniques for identifying and characterizing forensic evidence. (LO2 – P2)

3.     Write a report regarding forensic chemistry related to Al-Quran an as-Sunnah in a professional manner. (LO7 – A2, LL2; LO6, A2, EM3)

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS: Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving, planning and organizational skills through a process of lectures and group works.
TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY: Teaching-learning strategy:

  • The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures and group work using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
SYNOPSIS: This course is designed for students who would like to learn about forensic chemistry and the basic science needed to understand it. Chemical concept on the level of an introductory chemistry course and their applications to forensic science will be explored. Topics will include the forensic analysis of drugs, fibers, glass, fingerprints, arson and other types of physical evidence.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lecture, Group Work
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TYPES:
A. Continuous Assessment (60%)
Category Percentage (%)
·    Cognitive

·    Affective

·    Psychomotor

30%

20%

10%

B. Final Examination (40%)
Cognitive – Structured and essay type questions 40%
MAIN REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE · Houck, M. M. 2015. Forensic Chemistry (Advanced Forensic Science Series). Academic Press: USA.

· Bell, S. 2012. Forensic Chemistry (2nd Edition). Prentice Hall: USA.

· James E. Gerard. 2008. Forensic Science and Crime. Jones & Bartlett, Sudbur: M.A.

· Mathew Johll. 2006. Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective.  W.H. Freeman: New York.

· Saferstein, R. 2007. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. 9th Ed. Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES SUPPORTING NIL