Practical Skills in Forensic Science

Practical Skills in Forensic Science

Paperback Practical Skills

By (author) Alan Langford, By (author) John Dean, By (author) David Holmes, By (author) Rob Reed, By (author) Jonathan Weyers, By (author) Allan Jones

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 274mm x 33mm | 1,510g
  • Publication date: 22 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0132391430
  • ISBN 13: 9780132391436
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 360,279

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If you are studying forensic science, or a related course such as forensic chemistry or biology, then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout your entire degree programme. This 'one-stop' text will guide you through the wide range of practical, analytical and data handling skills that you will need during your studies. It will also give you a solid grounding in the wider transferable skills such as teamwork and study skills.

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ALAN LANGFORD is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Criminology and Forensic Sciences at Northumbria University, UK; JOHN DEAN is Professor of Analytical and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Graduate School at Northumbria University, UK; ROB REED is Professor of Biomedical Science and Director of Undergraduate Science Programs at CQUniversity, Australia; DAVID HOLMES is Director of Collaborative Programs in Applied Sciences at Northumbria University, UK; JONATHAN WEYERS is Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Dundee, UK; and ALLAN JONES is Senior Lecturer and Chancellor's Award Fellow in Ecology, Environmental Science and Zoology at the University of Dundee, UK.

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Study and examination skills 1. The importance of transferable skills 2. Managing your time 3. Working with others 4. Taking notes from lectures and texts 5. Learning and 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 the World Wide Web 11. Using spreadsheets 12. Word processors, databases and other packages Communicating information 13. Organising a poster display 14. Giving a spoken presentation 15. General aspects of scientific writing 16.Writing essays, literature surveys and reviews 17. Reporting practical and project work 18. Writing a forensic statement and presenting evidence in court 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 Crime scene investigation 24. Collecting evidence - basic principles 25. Investigating footwear marks, impressions and tyre marks 26. Investigating fingerprints 27. Investigating tool marks Fundamental laboratory techniques 28. Your approach to practical work 29. Health and 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. Infra-red and raman spectroscopy 45. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry 46. Mass spectrometry Quantitative analysis 47. Fundamental principles of quantitative chemical analysis 48. Calibration and quantitative analysis Forensic chemistry 49. Alcohol analysis 50. Bulk drug analysis 51. Analysis of glass 52. Analysis of paint 53. Forensic toxicology 54. Analysis of fires and explosions 55. Firearms and ballistic evidence 56. Document analysis Forensic biology 57. Analysis of hair 58. Analysis of fibres 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 Answers to Study exercises Index