Core Module Information
Module title: Evidence and Investigation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11104
Module leader: Faye Skelton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

1. To develop knowledge of UK criminal justice systems and the differences between them.
2. To consider the role of psychologists within UK criminal justice systems.
3. To provide a comprehensive overview of the interaction between psychology and the criminal justice system.
4. To develop a critical understanding of the role of psychological research in informing and enhancing practice.
5. To consider differences between adversarial and inquisitorial legal systems.

Indicative content includes: Eyewitness memory and identification of suspects; false and recovered memories; interviewing witnesses and suspects including vulnerable individuals; false confessions; false allegations; detection of deception; investigative and jury decision making; expert witnesses.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Identify and analyse similarities and differences between different jurisdictions, or within jurisdictions over time.
2. Critically evaluate the contribution of psychological theory and research to legal and investigative processes.
3. Understand the role of the expert witness and the requirements for expert evidence
4. Critically evaluate the role of forensic psychology in understanding and preventing miscarriages of justice.
5. Synthesise research evidence to make informed evaluations and recommendations in line with appropriate professional standards.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Debbie Jamieson
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Demonstration 2
Online Guided independent study 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 3,5 9 HOURS= 00.15, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 1, 2, 4 13 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY11104 Evidence and Investigation