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Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies - 142JA

Course Code: 142JA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Science
UAC Code: 368044
CRICOS Code: 071069B
ATAR 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Join the world’s best forensic scientists right here in Australia

At the University of Canberra we specialise in the laboratory-based areas of forensic biology and forensic chemistry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in forensic science as a laboratory scientist then this is the degree for you. You will undertake forensic science subjects that arm you with necessary specialisations and complement the broader laboratory science/human science aspects of the degree. As a University of Canberra qualified Australian practitioner you will have an outstanding reputation and excellent job prospects.

Study a Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies at UC and you will:

  • learn analytical techniques to examine evidence
  • collect and examine trace evidence
  • master environmental forensic science
  • investigate toxicology
  • understand forensic statistics
  • specialize in chemical and biological analysis
  • work collaboratively on forensic case studies
  • interpret and report on analytical results.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Career opportunities

  • Laboratory scientist
  • Government health department officer
  • Australian Federal Police

Course specific information

To apply for this course you must have prior knowledge in the following areas:

  • ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods
  • NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics
  • VIC: VCE Units 3 and 4 Biology and/or Chemistry, plus VCE Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods. 

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email estem-courseadvice@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major. NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2018 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies BAppSc ForSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2017 CSP $26,000
2018 CSP $31,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in forensic science or the application of science to legal matters. 1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field. UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens. UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology. UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
Graduates will have well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities in the field of forensic science;
- analyse, generate and transmit scientific solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex legal problems;
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to those involved in the legal system including judges and juries
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field. UC graduates can:
- employ up?to?date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens. UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology. UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement of knowledge and responsibility:
- for problem solving and decision making in professional practice;
- in contexts that are unfamiliar and require self-directed work and learning;
- to provide specialist scientific advice with respect to legal matters
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field. UC graduates can:
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens. UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology. UC graduates can:
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

Higher performing students, on completion of this course, will have the opportunity to undertake an Honours year.

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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