NS7206: New Directions in Forensic and Legal Investigation

NS7206: New Directions in Forensic and Legal Investigation

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title New Directions in Forensic and Legal Investigation
Module Code NS7206
Module Tutor Francesco Pompedda
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description
Indicative Syllabus
  • Investigation: Adults
  • Investigation: Children
  • Specialist Investigative Interview Models and Protocols
  • Courtroom Procedure and Cross-Examination
  • Children and Vulnerable Witnesses
  • Research Focus Specialism: Advocacy & the Vulnerable
  • Research Focus Specialism: Interviewing Children, including Avatars
  • Research Focus Specialism: Interviews and Deception
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


  1. Apply and demonstrate awareness of issues that pertain to children and adults in investigative and court processes.


  1. Demonstrate and apply originality and critical evaluation of knowledge of the criminal and legal investigations.


  1. Apply systematic critical awareness of the ethical and professional standards of expert forensic practise for the Courts.


  1. Demonstrate standards for the construction of professional court reports, drawing on evidence-based literature.


  1. Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and demonstrate ability to defend decision making.
Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled Contact Hours: 24 Independent Learning Hours: 126

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 80% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent (Preparation Report)
002: 20% Presentation: Individual: (15 minutes) (In-class Expert Presentation)
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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