UDFRNSFY - BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (including foundation year)
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate|
|Total credits for course||480|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The principles of forensic science is developed through an integrated programme of teacher-led lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory based practical sessions, and through the guided use of student centred learning activities such as problem solving exercises, case studies, directed reading and e-learning. Level 4 provides a solid foundation of general subjects underpinning forensic science including chemistry, molecular and cell biology and genetics. In-depth studies of analytical techniques and criminalistics are the focus of the level 5 programme and at level 6 emphasis is placed on advanced and applied aspects of forensic science. Opportunities to explore the ethical dimensions of the discipline are available at all levels. Utilisation of the University’s VLE, WebLearn has become an invaluable tool with which to disseminate information and to support and assess student learning. Students have access to the SuperLab in the Science Centre which will provide them with a cutting edge experience of learning about science through practical investigation. Students have access to the library which has specialised group study areas. Students have access to a comprehensive range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. Open areas have also been provided on the ground floor of the Tower building and the green lounge at Benwell Road. All these areas have comfortable seating and access to IT and wireless facilities.
This course has been designed to produce graduates with a sound knowledge base and a high standard of cognitive, practical and transferable skills, who will be equipped to take up employment in forensic scientific analysis and research, in public and private analytical laboratories. The analytical, numerical and communication skills developed by forensic science graduates are also in demand in wide range of careers such as the financial sector, journalism, teaching and marketing. The aims of the single honours Forensic Science course are to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of forensic science. This will allow students to experience the scope and limitations of the subject through facts, theories, technologies and applications. Students will use a wide range of scientific techniques to examine problems of a biological or chemical nature within the context of forensic science. Students will develop skills that will enhance their understanding of professional responsibilities associated with reliable scientific analysis. The course will enhance employability awareness, professional performance and transferable evaluative skills, problem solving skills and communication skills.
This four-year course includes a Foundation Year (level three) which introduces students to the fundamentals of science to enable them to study Forensic Science at level four. It makes no assumptions about prior scientific study. Students will gain a solid grounding in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics relevant to these subject areas. Practical sessions in the Science Centre help students gain proficiency at experimental work, and are delivered within PR3001 (Scientific Studies).
Course learning outcomes
On the BSc Forensic Science, the QAA outcomes for Biosciences have been referred to generate the generic area(s) for each specific outcome.
By the end of the course the student is expected to:
1. assess and explain the biological and chemical analytical procedures which support forensic science.
2. identify the diversity of forensic science and how an interdisciplinary approach may be employed to solve analytical problems.
3. question the ethical issues associated with forensic science.
4. demonstrate higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to critically evaluate and integrate information and develop ideas on issues, methodologies and processes within a scientific analytical context such as would be required for forensic science.
5. construct logical and reasoned arguments to support their position on the social and ethical impact of forensic science analyses.
6. demonstrate higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to undertake self-reflection and demonstrate the skills of self-management, self-presentation and decision making.
7. communicate concepts, principles and information effectively by oral and written means with clarity and confidence.
8. identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development, and implement strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and skills.
9. plan and execute the collection and analysis of scientific data with due regard to validity, accuracy, calibration, precision and reproducibility.
10. devise and execute an independent project in a responsible, safe and ethical manner, and interpret and contextualise the findings within a contemporary understanding of forensic science.
11. an appreciation of the fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Scientific Studies PR3001 LO7,11
Biology PR3002 LO7,11
Chemistry PR3003 LO7,11
Biochemistry PR3007 LO7,11
Laboratory Science BC4001 LO1-10
Anatomy and Physiology BC4004 LO1,7
Cell and Molecular Biology BC4003 LO2,7
Chemistry (for Biosciences) BC4051 LO1-3,7,9
Biochemistry BC4052 LO1-3,7,9
Criminalistics BE5006 LO1,3,5,6
Metabolism BE5058 LO1-2,7-9
Microbiology BE5059 LO1-2,7-9
Molecular Biology BE5060 LO1-3,7
Human Immunity BE5061 LO1-3,7
Bioanalytical Science for Biosciences BE5007 LO1-3,7,9
Inference from Biological Remains BE6008 LO1-3,5,7
Biochemical Pathology BE6005 LO1,3
Project BC6P01 LO3,6,8-10
Advanced Bioanalytical Science CY6061 LO1-3,7
Medical Genetics BC6055 LO7,9
Genomics BC6059 LO7,9
Work Placements BC6W54 LO3,8
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination and dissertation. The choice of assessment instrument chosen to test the specified learning outcomes and to support students’ different learning styles. These methods are aligned with the School assessment strategy and the assessment is the responsibility of the academic staff delivering the module. Assessment is part of the learning process and confirms the outcomes of the learning process. It also provides formative feedback on curriculum design and delivery and, via the on-going iterative process of module monitoring, makes a significant contribution to the continued development and improvement of the courses that links in with the School learning and teaching strategy. In light of this a variety of assessment methods will be used (see syllabi) including unseen written examinations, individual and group assignments.
Practical skills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.
Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops. Laboratory and computer based investigations, poster and oral presentations and a level 6 project giving students the opportunity to show the knowledge understanding and skills they have developed
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
The course includes the option to take either a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 5 or a 30 credit Sandwich Placement module between level 5 and level 6. Students are not allowed to register for both these modules.
Modules required for interim awards
Preparatory Dip HE
PR3001 Scientific Studies
BC4004 Anatomy and Physiology
BC4003 Cell and Molecular Biology
BC4001 Laboratory Science
DipHE Forensic Science
BE5060 Molecular Biology
BE5061 Human Immunity
BE5007 Bioanalytical Science for Biosciences
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
BE6005 Biochemical Pathology
BE6008 Inference from Biological Remains
CY6061 Advanced Bioanalytical Science
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
During the induction phase of the programme students will be introduced to structured reflection on their development of Undergraduate Skills which constitute much as the substance of personal development planning. Students will undertake to produce their personal development plan (PDP) during their undergraduate career or in the workplace. PDP can include other activities outside of the academic aspect of university life.
By way of modules: Laboratory Science (Level 4); Microbiology (Level 5); and, Research Project (Level 6) students will progressively develop their PDP which will culminate in a CV and graduation statement. Students will take part in tutorials at all levels designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs. In addition at level 6 in the research project module, the supervisor will initially assist with clarifying the terms of the research project, establishing a timetable for the research and subsequent meetings, directed background reading as well as report format and writing and statistical analysis and students will also develop their graduate statement. PDP is designed to allow students to articulate the skills developed during their undergraduate career and encourages them to critically reflect on their learning experience, to set new personal and academic goals and evaluate progress made in achieving those goals. The option exists for students to undertake an additional 30 credit module BC6W04 Sandwich Placement module to enhance employability. This would normally be undertaken between level 5 and 6, this would extend the period of study to four years.
Progress with Undergraduate Skills will be articulated to students as the programme progresses through feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This will be of benefit throughout their future career.
Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions
As a graduate of the full degree you’ll will be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Society of Biology.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Graduates from the BSc Forensic Science programme are equipped to take up employment in forensic science laboratories, analytical laboratories in the health sector, pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries. Their analytical, numerical and communication skills are also in demand in a wide range of careers such as the financial sector, journalism, teaching and marketing.
Successful completion of this degree will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the field of forensic science.
The course is also excellent preparation for further study at postgraduate level.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2019/20||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||17 Jul 2019||Last validation date||17 Jul 2019|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered
Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered
Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered
|BC4003||Cell & Molecular Biology||Core||30|
|BC4004||Anatomy & Physiology||Core||30|
|BC4051||Chemistry (for Biosciences)||Core||15|
Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered
|BE5007||Bioanalytical Science for Biosciences||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||PM|
Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered
|BE6008||Inferences from Biological Remains||Core||30||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|CY6061||Advanced Bioanalytical Science||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||AM|