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ARCS3204 Forensic Imaging

10 creditsClass Size: 58

Module manager: Nick Crohn

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of year 2 of a relevant programme



This module is mutually exclusive with

ARCS5208MForensic Imaging

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module allows students to critically explore the use of forensic imaging in the investigation of crime, identification of mass fatality victims and the investigation of the cause of death.


The aim of this module is to enable students to explore more fully the use of forensic imaging. Students will be able to critically evaluate the use of the virtual autopsy, methods employed in the investigation of mass fatalities, the importance of diagnostic imaging in the investigation of crime and other fields in which imaging is used as an investigation tool.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Analyse the role of forensic radiography
2. Be able to recognise professional, ethical and legal frameworks that guide the practice of forensic radiographers
3. Critically evaluate the role of forensic imaging in a variety of situations

Skills outcomes
Understanding and application of the principles of forensic imaging.


Students will critically explore the following areas:

- Roles and responsibilities of a forensic radiographer
- Legal framework in which forensic imaging is involved
- The difference between and application of criminal, civil and international law
- The advantages and disadvantages of diagnostic imaging as a forensic tool
- Issues involved in the identification of mass fatalities
- Involvement of medical imaging in the planning for major disasters.
- Deeper investigation of non accidental injury
- Exploration of the role in archaeology and security monitoring

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Time is allocated in the module hours for writing up and revising notes, visiting relevant websites, accessing electronic literature and library based study, and preparing for assessments.

The students can review research articles and texts prior to each lecture and to find relevant information themselves with which to contribute to sessions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorial to aid student understanding of the essay titles.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

This assessment allows the students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding about key issues that will relate to the use of forensic imaging. The essay will assist in the development of critical analysis and interpretation of relevant legal frameworks, key drivers and laws that govern the use of forensic imaging.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/12/2018 10:48:53


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