Practical Skills in Forensic Science is designed specifically to support and develop the complete range of practical skills which are essential to success in Forensic Science courses. This range of skills includes work in practicals and laboratory sessions, and also relates to projects, study skills and assessments, exam revision, time management, and even how to put together a CV. The authors provide a concise and user-friendly guide, which will help students to focus on how to perform as effectively as possible in their course.
Extensive pedagogy ¿ including key points definitions, illustrations and worked examples, tips and hints, ¿how-to¿ boxes and checklists ¿ provides an accessible and student-friendly approach.
Focus is on the underlying principles and key points, rather than on providing recipe-like solutions for every potential aspect ¿ this helps students to develop their own critical assessment of evidence and analysis of results.
Case examples and advice on the reporting of results help students to relate the theory they learn to putting the skills into practice themselves.
Coverage of how to evaluate information, the use of the internet and world wide web, helps students to develop critical thinking and analysis skills.
A consideration of how to approach the legal aspects of forensic science, such as chain of custody and expert witness testimony, demystifies these topics and makes them more approachable.
Each chapter is supported by a section giving key sources for further study ¿ this shows students the importance of reading around the subject, and gives lecturers useful suggestions for additional reference.
Revision and examination skills guide students in effective study skills and help them to maximise their likely success in exams.
Table of Contents
Study and examination skills 1. The importance of transferable skills 2. Managing your time 3. Working with others 4. Taking notes 5. Revising 6. Assessments and exams 7. Preparing your curriculum vitae
Information technology and library resources 8. Finding and citing published information 9. Evaluating information 10. Using the Internet and World Wide Web 11. Using spreadsheets 12. Word processors, databases and other packages
Communicating information 13. Organising a poster display 14. Oral presentations. 15. General aspects of scientific writing 16.Writing essays, literature surveys and reviews 17. Reporting practical and project work 18. Writing a forensic report
The Investigative approach 19. Making and recording measurements 20. Making observations, drawing diagrams and taking photographs 21. SI units and their use 22. Scientific method and design of experiments 23. Project work
Fundamental laboratory techniques 28. Your approach to practical work 29. Health & safety 30. Working with liquids 31. Basic laboratory procedures 32. Principles of solution chemistry 33. pH and buffer solutions 34. Introduction to microscopy 35. Setting up and using microscopes
Analytical techniques 36. Sample preparation 37. Immunoassay 38. Electrophoresis 39. Chromatography basic principles 40. Gas and liquid chromatography 41. Basic spectroscopy 42. Atomic spectroscopy 43. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy 44. Infrared spectroscopy 45. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry 46. Mass spectrometry
Quantitative analysis 47. Quantitative chemical analysis - fundamental principles 48. Calibration and its approach to quantitative analysis
Forensic chemistry 49. Alcohol analysis 50. Bulk drugs analysis 51. Analysis of glass 52. Analysis of paint 53. Toxicological analysis of biological fluids 54. Analysis of fires and explosives 55. Analysis of firearms 56. Document analysis
Forensic biology 57. Hair analysis 58. Fibre analysis 59. Analysis of biological fluids 60. DNA analysis fundamental principles 61. DNA analysis forensic applications 62. Analysis of skeletal remains 63. Forensic odontology 64. Forensic entomology 65. Forensic botany
Analysis and presentation of data 66. Using graphs 67. Presenting data in tables 68. Hints for solving numerical problems 69. Descriptive statistics 70. Choosing and using statistical tests Index
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