Forensic Science 2 (8779.3)
|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 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate 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 professional practice and quality assurance with respect to the forensic science discipline;
2. Express an opinion, as a forensic witness, in the form of a written case report, with confidence and clarity;
3. Collate, analyse, evaluate, interpret and present information from forensic examinations;
4. Implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems in forensic science casework;
5. Work with others as part of a group;
6. Have the ability to cope with uncertainty;
7. Act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of the forensic science discipline; and
8. Accept service to the community as the primary purpose for a professional life as a forensic scientist.
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
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 - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
Prerequisites8778 Forensic Science 1.
Assumed knowledgeGeneral understanding of forensic science (as covered in the pre-requisite unit).
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||On-Campus||Dr Caroline O'Driscoll|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Caroline O'Driscoll|
The following text books (and others) will be used in the unit and are all available online via Reading List tab on the Unit Canvas site.
Note that specified reading (on Canvas) from these sources can be examined in the quizzes and final exam.
Required (it is suggested to purchase these from UC School Locker shop or directly online):
- Jackson, A.R.W. and Jackson, J.M. (2016). Forensic Science. 4th Edition. Pearson Education Ltd. (ISBN 9781292088235). Limited online via UC Library website.
- Bernard Robertson, G. A. Vignaux, Charles E. H. Berger. (2016) Interpreting Evidence: Evaluating Forensic Science in the Courtroom. 2nd edition, Wiley 2016. ISBN: 978-1-118-49243-7. Limited online access via UC Library website.
- Illes, M. and P. Wilson (2020). The Scientific Method in Forensic Science. Canadian Scholars. (ISBN 9781773381633 (soft cover) ISBN 9781773381640 (PDF))
Chapters required for weekly topics from: (Electronic access via Unit Reading list on Canvas)
- Fisher, B.A.J. (2012) Techniques of crime scene investigation /. Eighth edition. David Fisher (ed.). Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press,.
- Petraco, N. (2004) Color atlas and manual of microscopy for criminalists, chemists, and conservators [electronic resource] /. Thomas. Kubic (ed.). Boca Raton, CRC Press.
- Johnson, C.S. (2017) Science for the curious photographer : an introduction to the science of photography. Second edition. 2017, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group,.
- Mancini, K. (n.d.) Fundamentals of forensic photography: practical techniques for evidence documentation on location and in the laboratory. John Sidoriak (ed.). CRC Press.
- Hawthorne, M. (2008) Fingerprints. 1st edition. CRC Press.
- Robertson, J.R., Roux, C. & Wiggins, K.G. (2017) Forensic examination of fibres /. Third edition. J. Robertson, Claude Roux, & Kenneth G. Wiggins (eds.). Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press.
- Robertson, J. & Robertson, J.R. (1999) Forensic examination of hair. London, Taylor & Francis.
- Butler, J.M. (2009) Fundamentals of forensic DNA typing. Burlington, Elsevier Science.
- Adam. Negrusz & Gail A. A. Cooper (eds.) (2013) Clarke's analytical forensic toxicology. 2nd ed. London, Pharmaceutical Press.
- Butler, J.M. (2005) Forensic DNA Typing: Biology, Technology, and Genetics of STR Markers. London, Elsevier Science & Technology.
- Adrian. Linacre (ed.) (2009) Forensic science in wildlife investigations. Boca Raton, CRC Press.
- Bruce Budowle (ed.) (2010) Microbial forensics. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA, Elsevier/Academic Press.
- Matson, J.V. (2004) Effective expert witnessing: practices for the 21st Century. 4th ed. Suha F. Daou & Jeffrey G. Soper (eds.). Boca Raton, CRC Press.
It is recomended to forensic science students to buy the following books for use in this and other units.
- Miller, J.N. (2018) Statistics and chemometrics for analytical chemistry. Seventh edition. Robert D. Miller & J. C. Miller (eds.). Harlow, England , Pearson.
- Jay A. Siegel (ed.) (2016) Forensic chemistry: fundamentals and applications. West Sussex, England, Wiley Blackwel,.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessments will be submitted through the unit Canvas site or, if the assessment is completed as part of a scheduled activity, directly to the teaching team at the completion of a scheduled session.
Special assessment requirements
In order to obtain a pass grade or better, students must:
- Attempt all assessment items
- Meet participation requirements outlined in Section 6c of this Unit Outline
- Obtain a minimum aggregate mark of 50% across all assessment items
- Obtain a minimum aggregate of 50% of available marks across all theory assessment items (Online Quizes and Tutorial Written Assignment)
- Obtain a minimum aggregate of 50% of available marks accross all practical assessment items (Laboratory Submissions, PBL Mock Case Assessments and Case Conference)
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
In order to achieve a good grade students are advised to attend all lectures and ask questions and not rely on lecture recordings alone. More importantly, the material that can be assessed in the assessments is not limited to just the lecture material but can include material from the reading material, the lab activities, the mock case work or any discussion or activities in the unit.
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.
Force Majeure in relation to lecture delivery and recording.
At times unforeseen circumstances may cause lectures not to be recorded (e.g. failing equipment) and/or lecturers not be able to deliver their lectures (e.g. case or court duties). In such cases the lecture slides (provided in electronic format) and the compulsory reading will form the source material for the relevant assessments, and staff will endeavour to organize an extra tutorial to revise for the specific topic before the examination period.
The nominal workload for this unit is assumed to be 150 hours across the semester. Contact hours consist of one lecture/tutorial and one laboratory session each week. The remaining hours in the nominal workload should be should be allocated to completing assessments that are not part of scheduled sessions, preparing for scheduled classes and completing required readings/video recordings. It is recommeded that apportioning time to these activites should consider the weighting of assessment items, the length of the class being prepared for, and each student's individual learning style.
Participation in laboratory/practical classes and tutorials is a compulsory condition of this unit and attendance will be documented. Students must:
- Attend and participate in all practical/laboratory sessions
- Failure to participate in the laboratory activities or failure to submit related assessment components will be considered a non-attendance at that laboratory session at the discretion of the unit convener
- Absence from practical/laboratory sessions (to a maximum of two sessions) is only permitted with written/electronic permission from Unit Convener on the basis of a medical certificate or other matter at the Unit Convener's discretion
- Any unauthorized absence leads to failing the unit
- Attend and participate in all tutorial sessions
- A lack of participation in the tutorial activities will be considered a non-attendance at that session at the discretion of the unit convener
- Absense from one tutorial session is only permitted with written/electronic permission from Unit Convener on the basis of a medical certificate or other matter at the Unit Convener's discretion
- Any unauthorized absence leads to failing the unit
In the event that a student cannot attend a class due to illness or unaviodable commitments, they are required to contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as statistical software (R or SPSS) and internet browsers, is necessary.
A clean laboratory coat and safety glasses will be required and can be purchased from the UC shop. Students will also be required to provide and wear their own facemasks in order to assist with mititgating the risk associated with COVID-19.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Foundation of Unit
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers 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. 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.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).