GE2334 - Science Versus Crime

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Chemistry
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Equivalent Course(s)
Exclusive Courses:
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2023/24

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to let students have some basic understanding in how science and technology are applied to aid fighting crimes. Besides the general scientific principles, this course will highlight (i) the importance of logical and critical thinking, (ii) how existing knowledge can be applied to new challenges, and (iii) why honesty and ethical behaviour are necessary throughout the processes of criminal investigation.

Teaching is mainly done via formal lectures (2 hr every week). This is supplemented by invited guest lectures and interactive tutorials. These tutorials are arranged to allow students to learn, and discover by themselves, specific skills in crime scene investigation caseworks, and to put them in practical uses.

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

Continuous Assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Starting from Semester A, 2015-16, students must satisfy the following minimum passing requirement for courses offered by CHEM:
"A minimum of 40% in both coursework and examination components."
Detailed Course Information