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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradCertForSc(ProfessionalPractice))

  • C1131GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE)

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Title Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradCertForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Course Code C1131
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
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Academic Chair: Mr Brendan Chapman | Email: Brendan.Chapman@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2270

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradCertForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Duration 1 semester full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides science graduates or equivalent, with professional training in crime scene investigation and access to elective forensic science discipline-based units which are delivered to best international standards. Students develop the theoretical and practical skills relevant to the forensic investigation of volume and serious crimes. Reconstruction of the different crime scene types and processing by the students is emphasised, as is the collection, processing and interpretation of biological and physical evidence. In addition, as a forensic/ crime scene investigator you will undertake (unit dependent) 'capstone' field trips to a dedicated outdoor facility, to process a mock murder scene and a body recovery exercise. The mock scene processing: interpretation, recording/ documentation, evidence collection sources of contamination, quality assurance procedures and the admissibility of evidence are undertaken as a prelude to your generation of expert witness reports and courtroom testimony.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Evidence of studies at university level (AQF Level 7) in biology or biochemistry or chemistry. Applicants who can show equivalent knowledge through vocational training and/or experience will be considered.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings Evidence of studies at university level (AQF Level 7) in biology or biochemistry or chemistry. Applicants who can show equivalent knowledge through vocational training and/or experience will be considered.
Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1: Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of the application of the biological and chemical sciences to the investigation of major crime
CLO2: Gain an understanding of the criminal code as it pertains to the investigation of major crime including the role of the Coroner/ and Criminal Courts in the application of justice
CLO 3: Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of investigator bias, expectation and context effects; their significance in crime investigation and their potential to pervert the course of justice

SKILLS
CLO 4: Gain proficiency in crime scene documentation and competence in the collection and preservation of evidence
CLO 5: Gain basic proficiency in crime scene reconstruction
CLO 6: Demonstrate an understanding of artefacts and human error that can compromise or complicate the interpretation of forensic data
CLO 7: Gain basic proficiency in the preparation and delivery of courtroom testimony and in the generation of expert testimony reports which conform to the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Expert Witnesses in the District Court of Western Australia

APPLICATION
CLO 8: Develop a practical understanding of the role of crime scene investigative teams in crime scene investigation and in crime scene reconstruction
CLO 9: Through a study of case histories, become familiar with forensic errors in criminal cases that have led to wrongful convictions
CLO 10: Apply statistical analyses to forensic data so as to elucidate investigative findings and assess the relative probabilities of different interpretations
Employment Prospects This course is designed to generate graduates with the skills needed to work with the police and other investigative authorities as Forensic Investigators or Crime Scene Officers.
Main research areas Forensic DNA Analysis; Fingerprinting Technologies; Toxicology and Metabolomics; Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; Wildlife Forensics.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 12 credit points

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

BIO685 Crime Scene Investigation II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO692 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO682 Forensic Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1S-internal, S1S-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external

BIO596 Crime Scene Investigation I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO597 Homicide and Death Investigation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO598 Fingerprinting and Impression Evidence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO599 Human DNA Profiling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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