Forensic Science 1 (8778.3)
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|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Apply a knowledge of basic concepts in forensic science in the areas of crime scene examination, impression evidence, fires and explosions, document examination, fingerprints, toxicology, biological evidence, electronic evidence, and general trace evidence; and
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the role of forensic evidence in the legal system.
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The following text books will be referred to by the lecturers and are available free of charge electronically via the UC Library and/or Canvas Unit Reading list, however it is recommended that students enrolled in the Forensic Science degree pathways consider purchasing books that will be referred to in other units as well as valuable for their careers in forensic industry:
- "Forensic Science" (2017) Jackson, A. R. W. and Jackson, J. M. 4th Edition. Pearson Education Ltd.
- "The Science of Crime Scenes" (2017) Houck, Crispino and McAdam. 2nd Edition. Elsevier Science and Technology.
- "Techniques of crime scene investigation", (2012) Fisher, Barry A. J., 8th Edition. CRC Press.
- "Science for the curious photographer : an introduction to the science of photography". (2017) Charles Johnson. 2nd Edition. Routledge.
- "Interpreting evidence : evaluating forensic science in the courtroom". Robertson, Bernard, Vignaux, G.A.,; Berger, Charles, E.H., (2016) Wiley.
- "Statistics and chemometrics for analytical chemistry" Miller, Miller and Miller. (2018) Pearson.
- "Forensic Examination of Glass and Paint". Caddy (2001) Taylor and Francis.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Some assessment pieces may require students to complete a written document (such as a case file), practical activity, or crime scene sketch on paper rather than electronically. In these instances, students will be required to scan documents to pdf using printer-scanners available on campus which can then be uploaded to Canvas. The type of submission will be specified on Canvas. For documents uploaded to Canvas, students are advised that excessively large or numerous files will not be accepted as submissions.
Special assessment requirements
The final marks for this unit will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item. In order to obtain a pass grade or better, students must:
- Attempt all assessment items
- Achieve an overall aggregate mark of 50% or higher
- Attend and complete the Crime Scene Practical and associated assessment items
The Unit Convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The notional workload for this unit is assumed to be 150 hours across the semester.
Contact hours consist of one two hour lecture each week, one two hour tutorial in Weeks 1-7, and one two hour practical session (allocated in Week 10, 11, 12 or 13). The total class time equates to 40 hours.
Students are advised that some lectures and tutorials may consist of recordings and videos that can be completed in a self-paced way, but should nominally take no more than two hours to complete.
There are also four Assignments that will take approximately 2-4 hours each to complete.
The remaining hours should be apportioned to revision, remaining assessment items and supplementary study (including readings etc.). It is recommended that students consider apportioning time to these activities by considering the weighting of assessment items, the length of the class being prepared for or revised, and, each student's individual learning style and requirements.
Participation in the Tutorials and attendance at the Crime Scene Practical is a compulsory condition of this unit and attendance will be documented.
In the event that a student cannot attend a class due to illness or unavoidable commitments, they are required to contact the Unit Convener vua Forensic.Science1@canberra.edu.au as soon as possible, preferably prior to the commencement of their class. Students will need to provide the Unit Convener with an official medical certificate, counsellor's certificate, or similar documentation of their circumnstances to be permitted absence from these compulsory classes.
In order to pass this unit students must:
- Attend and participate in all face-to-face tutorials
- Failure to participate in the scheduled activities will be considered a non-attendance at that session
- Absence from these sessions (to a maximum of two sessions) is only permitted with written/electronic permission from the Unit Convener
- Attend and complete the Crime Scene Practical
- Attendance at the practical session and completion of the associated assessment items is a mandatory requirement to pass the overall unit
- Failure to participate in the Practical will be considered a non-attendance at the discretion of the Unit Convener
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as internet browsers, is necessary.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Foundation of Unit
This unit involves practice- and research-led education. There are active practitioners, researchers and industry experienced staff delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the work they are carrying out.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the Unit Convener's control could result in changes in the mode of delivery of lectures, tutorials/practicals (where applicable) and assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.