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Course unit
SCP4063899, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1157, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VALERIO CAUSIN CHIM/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/01 Analytical Chemistry 1.0
Core courses CHIM/04 Industrial Chemistry 2.0
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 1.0
Core courses CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 1.0
Core courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 1.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: No preliminary knowledge is expected from the student
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to show the possible applications of chemistry in a forensic context. The introduction to the legislation regarding expert testimony will allow the student to understand the peculiar aspects of the activity of the forensic chemist under an operative point of view and also under the aspect of the interpretation of the experimental results.
Examination methods: Written essay
Assessment criteria: The exam will verify the comprehension of the concepts discussed in the course.
Course unit contents: Introduction to the Italian law system
Forensic chemistry in civil cases
The interpretation of chemical data in forensic science
The exploitation of chemical data in Court
Drugs of abuse and poisons
Contact traces (fibers, paints, glass, polymers, etc,.)
Forensic Document Examination
Fire investigation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures
Additional notes about suggested reading: Class notes. The slides shown in class will be made available to the students. Textbooks and references will be occasionally suggested for specific topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Causin V., Polymers on the Crime Scene. Forensic Analysis of Polymeric Trace Evidence. New York: Springer, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo