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Bachelor of Justice Studies/Bachelor of Forensic Studies - 249JA

Course Code: 249JA
Course Version: 1
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Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Law & Justice
Academic Program Area - Science
CRICOS Code: 076971J
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Introduction

This double degree program brings together two areas that are valuable for anyone wishing to make a career in law justice or law enforcement. The Justice Studies elements of the course allow students to gain an understanding of social and cultural dimensions of the justice system, complement their forensic science studies with grounding in the legal rules of evidence and procedure, and prepare them for management and operational roles in the justice sector agencies. The Forensic Studies elements equip them with an undergraduate science qualification orientated to crime investigation and the preparation of evidence for justice processes.

Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and various scientific disciplines to the investigation of criminal acts. The role of a forensic scientist is to present objective evidence and opinions that will assist the court with their deliberation process. The Forensic Studies component of this double degree emphasises, in particular, the laboratory-based fields of forensic biology and forensic chemistry, and cover areas such as the collection and examination of trace evidence, toxicology, specialised chemical/biological analyses, and the interpretation and reporting of analytical results.

Note Students completing the forensic component of the double degree will qualify for a Bachelor of Forensic Studies award, not qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Studies (142JA) unless additional units are completed in consultation with the Forensic Studies Course Convener.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

For the Bachelor of Justice Studies, please refer to the individual course.

For the Bachelor of Forensic Studies, assumed knowledge is ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major; NSW: Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Forensic Studies B ForSt
Bachelor of Justice Studies B JusticeSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Forensic Studies Associate Degree of Justice Studies Diploma of Justice Studies Bachelor of Justice Studies

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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
The Bachelor of Justice Studies equips students with broad theoretical and technical knowledge about many areas of the justice sector, including policy development and administration, court administration, law enforcement and security, corrective services, criminological research, community legal centres and law reform bodies. 2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
The aim of the Bachelor of Justice Studies is to develop graduates who have the relevant cognitive, technical and communication skills to undertake professional roles in research, operations, policy or advocacy in the justice sector. Graduates are expected to understand the social, legal, economic and political environment affecting the justice sector and to be able to analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities relevant to the sector; analyse generate and transmit solutions to sector problems and transmit knowledge and ideas relevant to the sector to others. 1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.
Graduates are expected to be able to apply their knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgment and responsibility. They will be able to work both individually and collaboratively to investigate justice sector issues and creatively solve problems that arise in that sector. 3. Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
- 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. AQF: Knowledge Graduates will have developed the following skills and attributes:
1. The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively to the legal community and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries;
2. The ability to gather scientific information, and to analyse and evaluate that information in a systematic way;
3. The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions;
4. The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively;
5. The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of the legal community and for the administration of justice.
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
AQF: Knowledge, Skills and Application of knowledge and skills.
As above
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
AQF: Application of knowledge and skills
As above.

Course Duration

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

Honours

Refer to individual courses.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

See individual courses.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Justice Studies.

Offerings

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

Enrolment Numbers

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