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Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradDipForSc(ProfessionalPractice))

  • G1085GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE)

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Title Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradDipForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Course Code G1085
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradDipForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Duration 1 year 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 the associated forensic science disciplines to international standards. Students develop the theoretical and practical skills relevant to the forensic investigation of volume and serious crimes. In addition to gaining instruction in the core forensic disciplines, training is also provided in forensic specialisms (pathology, anthropology, disaster victim identification (DVI) entomology, palynology). 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 '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.

English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.0 with no individual 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.
English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes COLO1
Collect, process and interpret biological and physical evidence relating to blood stains and forensic chemistry to a standard suitable for presentation in courtroom testimony conforming to the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Expert Witnesses in the District Court of Western Australia.

COLO2
Describe the role 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.

COLO3
Describe the biases and errors that can compromise or complicate the collection and interpretation of forensic data.

COLO4
Document and reconstruct crime scenes, including collecting and preserving evidence of a standard admissible in court.

COLO5
Design experimental investigations to test hypotheses relevant to the collection, processing or interpretation of forensic evidence.

COLO6
Present the results of research in forensic science in formats accessible to academic peers, legal professionals, and the public.
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 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

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

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

BIO682 Forensic Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

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

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

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