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Case Studies in Forensic Biology (BIO388)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: W-internal
Description A major objective of this unit is to highlight the causes of investigator bias in forensic investigation. Students will be assigned criminal cases in which failure to assess the evidence, objectively, and the use of unsound forensic methodology or misinterpretation of forensic data, led to false or questionable convictions. Students will critically evaluate police procedures and the interpretation of the forensic evidence. Each student will generate a written appraisal of the assigned case and will deliver a powerpoint presentation.
Timetabled Learning Activities Week 1: 6 hours (3 x 1 hour plus 2 x 1.5 hours).
Week 4: 8 hours over 2 days.
Assessment Feedback and assistance will be provided to all students during the research and writing phase through the discussion board of Moodle. The marked written test will be returned in Week 3, and immediate feedback will be provided on the powerpoint presentation during the discussion session following its delivery. The marked written critiques will be returned to the students at the conclusion of the unit.
Written critique (3000 words) 50% individual or groups of 2 - end of teaching period
Presentation (700 words) 35% individual or groups of 2- last 2 days of week 4
Exam 1 hour MCQ/short answer (500 words) 15% - early week 2.
Prerequisites CHE103 Introduction to Forensic Science
Appears in these Minors Forensic Biology
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.


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