1 day - Introduction to Forensic Firearms Identification and Ballistics

1 day - Introduction to Forensic Firearms Identification and Ballistics
Course Title: Introduction to Forensic Firearms Identification and Ballistics (IFFIB)

Course Length: 1 day

Time: 9am – 5pm

Date: 24 August 2020

Location: Stoke-on-Trent

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Please note:
• Payment must be with the University no later than 15 days before the course starts.
• No refunds will be made within 14 days of the commencement of the course; however, substitutions can be made at any time.
• Staffordshire University reserves the right to cancel the course if unsubscribed.

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Brief Description:

This 1 day course aims to introduce the underlying principles in the field of forensic firearms identification and ballistics.

Learning Outcomes:

    • Associate firearms manufacturing processes with the principles of firearms identification.
    • Differentiate between class and individual characteristics for firearms identification.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the construction of small arms ammunition.
    • Describe the fundamental principles underpinning the comparison of fired bullets and cartridge cases.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the scientific theory underpinning internal and external ballistics.
    • Evaluate changes in projectile mechanics on its trajectory.

              Module Details:

              Indicative Content

              In this course, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of firearms, modern ammunition and gunshot residue. 

              Subject matter will include:

              • Types of firearms
              • Ammunition composition
              • Barrel manufacturing processes
              • Firearms evidence collection
              • Class characteristics for firearms identification
              • Individual characteristics for firearms identification
              • Introduction to internal ballistics
              • Introduction to external ballistics

              There will be two laboratory practicals to allow the students to experiment, interpret and critically evaluate the effect of physical mechanics by changing the projectile mass and angle of firearm inclination.

              Learning Strategies

              Lectures (3 hours)

              Laboratory practicals (3 hours)

              Analytical workshop (1 hour)

              Resources Required 

              Standard lecture theatre, criminalistics laboratory and gun room.

              Special Admission Requirements

              GCSE Mathematics (Grade C and above)

              GCSE Science (Grade C and above)

              Additional Information

              Additional Information

              Start date 24 Aug 2020
              End date 24 Aug 2020