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Forensic Chemistry (8376.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science

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Syllabus

This unit focuses on the examination and chemical analysis of physical evidence related to the investigation of criminal matters. Emphasis is placed on the chemistry and composition of a range of physical evidence, including textile fibres, glass, paint, illicit drugs, fire debris and explosives residues. The importance and evidential value of separation and identification techniques, and the scope and limitations of these techniques, is emphasised in relation to the analysis of forensic samples.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the chemistry and composition of a range of physical evidence types;

2. Relate the scientific principles behind separation and identification sciences, and the scope and limitation of examination techniques, to the analysis of forensic samples;

3. Select and describe appropriate methods for the analysis of a range of physical evidence types; and

4. Interpret results from the chemical analysis of physical evidence and present results in a case file and court report.

Assessment Items

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Contact Hours

Four hours per week.

Prerequisites

8043 Analytical Chemistry.

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Equivalent Units

None.



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