Aim: to make students aware of the lack of understanding of the principles controlling
transfer and persistence of trace evidence (non-DNA).
You need to write a short essay the development of the understanding of transfer and
persistence and you need to have your essay reviewed by one of your team members.
Note that a scientific essay has a flowing structure from introducing the topic, (historical
context, e.g. Locard and others), discussing the state of the art (e.g. current literature) and
personal opinion about the future, e.g. what research project could be done to improve
knowledge on transfer and persistence.
Structure of essay (you need to use exactly this structure):
2. Your student number
3. Student number of reviewer
4. Paragraph 1 Definition of transfer and persistence and historical and recent literature
references (mark 3/10)
5. Paragraph 2 Mathematical and statistical approaches in the literature (mark 4/10)
6. Paragraph 3 Future directions for research, e.g. an Honours project on a transfer and
persistence project (mark 3/10)
7. Literature references (at least 5 real peer reviewed references and not just only webpages).
Marking rubric essay
1. Paragraph: 1 mark between 0 and 3, depending on quality of explanation transfer and
persistence and historical and recent literature references
2. Paragraph: 2 mark between 0 and 4, depending on quality of a description Mathematical and
statistical approaches in the literature.
3. Paragraph: 3 mark between 0 and 3, depending on quality of idea of a project.
4. No or poor title: max minus 2 points