Forensic Science 1 (8778.3)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Dr Caroline O'Driscoll|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Caroline O'Driscoll|
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:
- "Forensic Science" (2017) Jackson, A. R. W. and Jackson, J. M. 4th Edition. Pearson Education Ltd. Available as E book in the UC Library and via Unit Canvas reading list.
- "Techniques of crime scene investigation", (2012) Fisher, Barry A. J., 8th Edition. CRC Press. Available as E book in the UC Library and via Unit Canvas reading list.
- "Science for the curious photographer : an introduction to the science of photography". (2017) Charles Johnson. 2nd Edition. Routledge. Available as E book in the UC Library and via Unit Canvas reading list.
- "Interpreting evidence : evaluating forensic science in the courtroom". Robertson, Bernard, Vignaux, G.A.,; Berger, Charles, E.H., (2016) Wiley. Available as E book in the UC Library and via Unit Canvas reading list.
- "Statistics and chemometrics for analytical chemistry" MIller, MIller and Miller. (2018) Pearson. Available as E book in the UC Library and via Unit Canvas reading list.
- Forensic Chemistry http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/24681709
- Forensic Science International http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03790738
- Science and Justice http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13550306
- Journal of Forensic Sciences http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1556-4029
- Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tajf20
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items will be submitted through the unit Canvas site with the exception of the following:
- Crime Scene Examination Practical: The packaged exhibits collected during the practical are to be handed to the assessor on completion of the practical. The completed case file is to be submitted separately through Canvas.
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 the Crime Scene Examination Practical
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
The workload for this unit consists of a 2 hour lecture each week over 12 weeks, a 2 hour tutorial each week for 6 weeks and a 2hr practical. The total contact hours equates to 38 hours. The remaining 112 hours should be apportioned according to the weighting for each assessment item to reading before and after lectures and tutorials and revision.
Participation in the tutorials and the crime scene examination practical is a compulsory condition of this unit and attendance will be recorded. In the event that a student cannot attend the assigned crime scene examination practical due to illness or unavoidable commitments, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible so that an alternate practical session can be arranged. You will need to provide the unit convener with an official medical or counsellor's certificate or a letter from your employer to be permitted into an alternate practical session. You cannot ask for an alternate session after week 12.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), as well as internet browsers, is necessary. It is recomended that students bring a laptop to the week 2, 3, and 4 tutorials.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Work placements, internships or practicums are not part of this unit, however, learning in this unit will be integrally linked to experiences in professional contexts, including participation in a crime scene examination and other practicals.
Foundation of Unit
This unit involves research-led education. There are active 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 research 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convenor'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.