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Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc)

  • B1380BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (MEDICAL, MOLECULAR AND FORENSIC SCIENCES)

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Title Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc)
Course Code B1380
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Forensic Biology and Toxicology
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Forensic Biology and Toxicology is concerned with the application of biological techniques such as DNA analysis, biochemistry, toxicology and anatomy to the fight against crime. This major provides in-depth study of modern forensic biology, including practical exposure to the techniques associated with human DNA profiling. The major also provides hands-on experience in modern analytical techniques relevant to the detection of legal and illicit drugs, alcohol and homicidal poisons. Illustrative case histories are used extensively throughout the course. Further training is provided by forensic science professionals in terms of the role of forensic anthropology in human identification, witness imaging, forensic entomology and forensic botany with an emphasis on the gathering of forensic evidence and its presentation in Court. Students will receive instruction in the preparation of expert testimony reports and delivery of testimony in a moot court, and be subjected to cross-examination by Barristers from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences) is a flexible degree with single/double major and major/minor combinations that builds deep understanding and practical experience in specific areas of expertise, and which provides opportunities for industry and community engagement. Studies can be undertaken in different specialisations or across other disciplines to broaden understanding of the way in which science operates in relation to the social, business, health and policy environments. This degree provides sound preparation for students aspiring to entry into higher level postgraduate courses such as medicine, or for research at Honours/PhD level.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes Knowledge
MLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of forensic science.

MLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of forensic science, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.

Skills
MLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate forensic information from a range of sources.

MLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of forensic laboratory investigations.

MLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.

Application
MLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex forensic problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.

MLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the forensic science community.
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge
CLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one scientific discipline.
CLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.
Skills
CLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate scientific information from a range of sources.
CLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of scientific laboratory investigations.
CLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.
Application
CLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.
CLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the scientific community.
Employment Prospects Forensic Services, Forensic Biology, Toxicology, Wildlife Forensics, Scientific Research, Government, Legal and Policy, Universities
Recommended Double Majors Biomedical Science; Clinical Laboratory Science; Mathematics and Statistics
Recommended Minors Applied Statistics; Bioinformatics; Biomedical Science; Human Anatomy; Pharmacology
Excluded Minors Forensic Biology
Main research areas Forensic DNA, Forensic Entomology, Wildlife Forensics, Aquatic Forensics, Crime Scene Investigation, Toxicology
Further Study A fourth year of study is available in the form of an Honours year.
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 - 72 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 9 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Select from the following:

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

VLS302 Professional Placement in Veterinary and Life Sciences - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement

Core Units - 15 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 180 places), S2-internal

Major Units - 24 credit points

Required Units - 24 credit points

CHE103 Introduction to Forensic Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BIO282 Molecular Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS213 Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO359 Forensic DNA Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO367 Forensic Toxicology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO315 Bodies of Evidence - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Options - 24 credit points

Major 2 /Co-Major /Minor /General Elective

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