BCH2808 - Forensics and Modern Society

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chemistry
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
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Course Aims

The course is collaboratively taught by four instructors from four departments of the College of Science and Engineering:


Discipline covered


Crime scene investigation techniques, Criminalistics, Controlled drugs, explosives & bombs

Computer Science

Digital forensics

Physics & Materials Science

Forensic engineering, machinery failure, expert witness and cross-examination in court

All the instructors involved are experienced in their own disciplines of Forensic Sciences.

Teaching is mainly done via formal lectures (2 hr every week). This is supplemented by invited guest lectures (e.g. on computer forensics) and interactive tutorials (e.g. on crime scene walkthrough & investigation and blood alcohol & breathalyzer test). These tutorials are arranged to allow students to learn, and discover by themselves, specific skills in forensics caseworks, and to put them in practical uses. For example, in the crime scene walkthrough tutorials, mock break-in, burglary and/or vandalism crime scenes are set up so that students can learn about all the important tactics and skills in CSIs.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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