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Fingerprinting and Impression Evidence (BIO598)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students with the knowledge and scene-based skills to develop, recognise, document, preserve, collect and analyse of latent fingerprints and footwear and tyre mark impression evidence. Chemical, physical and visual enhancement techniques will be taught and practised together with a discussion of database construction and searching in the investigation of crimes. The practical sessions will be operated, supervised and mentored by WA Police Force forensic experts in fingerprints and impression evidence.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Students will have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
Students will have:
2. cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. specialised technical skills in the field of Fingerprinting and Impression analysis
5. communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
Application of Knowledge and Skills
Students will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
7. to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical contexts
9. with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/ workshops: 20 hours over 9 teaching weeks. Practical work or equivalent: 21 hrs over 7 weeks. 1 x mock scene: 6hrs. 1 x field trip: 6hrs.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical laboratory sessions to ensure that the lectures inform the practical sessions and vice versa. The students will develop specific knowledge and skills relevant to the identification, documentation and preservation of fingerprints and impression evidence at crime scenes. This will be provided via crime scene simulations and through laboratory classes and a mock scene in which chemical, physical and visual enhancement techniques will be applied with direct supervision and guidance by WA Police experts.
Assessment Assessment tests are based on the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge contained within the Unit modules on fingerprinting and impression evidence. The students will be assessed on a 6 hour practical test, a 2 hour theoretical test, a literature review and on their practical/ laboratory reports.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice and Research).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradCertForSc(ProfessionalPractice)) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradDipForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice and Research) (MForSc(ProfessionalPracticeRes))
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (MForSc(ProfessionalPractice)) [New in 2015]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor James Speers
Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7414
e: J.Speers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.011 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr John Coumbaros
P/T Teaching Casual

e: John.Coumbaros@murdoch.edu.au
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