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Forensic Science 2 (8779.3)

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


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This unit covers aspects of professional standards and quality assurance as applied to forensic science, including requirements for exhibit handling, case file management, and court reports. In addition, important laboratory skills such as search room techniques, presumptive screening methods and microscopy are discussed and demonstrated. The interpretation of forensic evidence and the role of the forensic witness are emphasised. Information is provided in relation to a number of specific forensic disciplines (eg. forensic medicine/pathology, forensic toxicology, and disaster victim identification) as well as future prospects (forensic R and D).

Learning Outcomes

On 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.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Four hours per week.


8778 Forensic Science 1.



Assumed Knowledge

General understanding of forensic science (as covered in the pre-requisite unit).

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