Session S2a (Sunday, 2pm, CHEM 102

P14: The impact of incorporating forensic science into an undergraduate analytical chemistry course

Neil Fitzgerald (Marist College, USA)

Problem-solving ability is an essential skill for an analytical chemist. Initially a publically available forensic science exercise [1] was incorporated into a traditional analytical chemistry course.  While the exercise had the advantage of directly assessing problem-solving skills, it lacked the sense of realism associated with a simulated crime scene.  Subsequently a crime scene and associated laboratory work were incorporated into the course.  Laboratory work typically involves the use of GC-MS, HPLC, GC and fingerprint analysis.  The exercise is a hybrid between laboratory and classroom activities that allows for a variety of outcomes with little modification of the crime scene itself.  Details of the exercise will be described.  The results of student surveys will also be presented.

[1] Belt, S.; Overton, T.; Summerfield, S. The Pale Horse, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2009.

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