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Fundamentals in Forensic Science
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
recognise the technical and theoretical knowledge required in the role of a forensic scientist;
use a broad range of cognitive, technical and communications skills to explain procedures of evidence collection and preservation from crime scenes;
apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate judgement and defined responsibility in the area of health and safety procedures at a crime scene; and
transmit information using oral and written communication skills and demonstrating information literacy.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
No eligibility requirements
- Attendance requirements - There is a non-mandatory intensive school available for this subject held at UNE Sydney Campus. Dates for this intensive school to be advised.
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component.
- Travel requirements - Travel may be required if students choose to attend the non-mandatory Intensive school.
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in forensic science as new crime solving characters have emerged in fiction and tv. In practice, forensic science is a fascinating field that goes well beyond its depictions in pop culture. This subject explores the application of scientific investigations to the criminal justice system. With insights into the roles of the forensic scientist, you will learn about the principles of crime scene investigations. Forensic scientists are required to integrate their knowledge of core physical and biological science concepts. You will be introduced to these concepts and explore contemporary methods for forensic investigations and the analysis of physical evidence. Using case studies to understand why and how examinations are performed you will cover topics such as crime-scene investigation, physical evidence and its analysis, arson and explosions, bloodstain pattern analysis, drugs, toxicology, and DNA analysis.
Assessment 1: Online quiz. 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 Assessment 2: Online quiz. 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 Assessment 3: Online quiz. 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 Assessment 4: Online quiz. 250 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 Assessment 5: Practical report/case study. 2000 words. The practical report is completed during the optional intensive school within the spaces provided in the report template. If a student does not attend the optional intensive school then they must complete the 2000 word case study. ALL Block F students must compete the case study assessment task. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 Final Examination: 2 hrs 15 mins duration. It is mandatory to pass the Final Examination to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes: 1-4 There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assessment 1 Online Quiz (10%)
- Assessment 2 Online Quiz (10%)
- Assessment 3 Online Quiz (10%)
- Assessment 4 Online Quiz (10%)
- Assessment 5 Case Study/Report. The practical report is completed during the optional intensive school. If a student does not attend the optional intensive school then they must complete the case study. All Block F students must complete the case study (20%)
- Final Examination - 2 hrs 15 mins (40%)
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