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Forensic Science 1 (8778.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 2 MR   Julian   SLATER (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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This unit will introduce the principles of forensic science, the individual forensic science disciplines, the types of physical evidence, the practical skills required for crime scene investigation, the role of forensic science in the legal system, and the preparation and delivery of forensic evidence to the courts.

Learning Outcomes

On 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.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours per week.





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