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Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (MForSc(ProfessionalPractice))


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Title Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (MForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Course Code M1255
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor James Speers | Email: J.Speers@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7414

Qualification Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (MForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides graduates in life sciences or equivalent, with professional training in forensic and crime scene investigation to international standards. Students develop the theoretical and practical skills relevant to the forensic investigation of volume and serious crimes. Instruction in the core forensic disciplines and key forensic specialisms (anthropology, disaster victim identification (DVI) entomology, palynology and pathology) and associated legal requirements and Court testimony are provided. 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, students, a forensic/ crime scene investigator undertake 'capstone' field trips to a dedicated 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 delivery of an expert witness report and courtroom testimony.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) in Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or a closely related field of education; or equivalent training.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the methodologies associated with the analysis of complex crime scenes
CLO 2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the management of complex crime scenes so as to minimise risk and best serve the investigative and judicial processes

CLO 3 Develop a capacity to formulate hypotheses, and to devise and undertake laboratory-, field- or literature-based investigations in areas relevant to forensic science so as to test those hypotheses
CLO 4 Develop, to an advanced level, the capacity to interpret forensic data, objectively, using scientifically defensible arguments
CLO 5 Develop a capacity to evaluate data relevant to the forensic sciences in the context of peer-reviewed publications to ensure that all alternative interpretations of the data are considered

CLO 6: Apply knowledge of the principles of the biological and physical sciences to complex crime scene reconstruction through mock crime scene analysis
CLO 7: Collect, record and interpret evidence from complex crime scenes so as to generate forensic data that is admissible in Court
Employment Prospects This course is designed to generate graduates with advanced 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 and Impression Evidence Technologies; Toxicology, Drugs of Abuse and Metabolomics; Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; Forensic contamination surveys and prevention procedures.
Nested Awards Students may opt out of the Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) and exit with the Graduate Certificate of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) subject to satisfying the course requirements.
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 - 36 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

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1N3-internal, S1N3-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external

SOU681 Digital Forensics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

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

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

BIO612 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Project - 12 points
MURDOCH: DE7-internal, H-internal, H-external, S1L-internal, Y-internal, Y-external


BIO609 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: DE7-internal, H-internal, H-external, S1L-internal, Y-internal, Y-external

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