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Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Dissertation (BIO609)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: DE7-internal, H-internal, H-external, S1L-internal, Y-internal, Y-external
Description This Unit involves students in a supervised, advanced investigation of a selected topic related to their main area of study in forensic science or a related topic. It is designed to complete the requirements of the Master's degree. The topic of the dissertation will be chosen in consultation with the Unit Coordinator and proposed Supervisor. The dissertation will run over one semester.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students completing the unit will be able to:

1. Acquire and apply critically knowledge and skills relevant to a research project in Forensic Science, which may also involve knowledge and skills already gained in an undergraduate and postgraduate program or relevant prior work.

2. Integrate research findings within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge.

3. Initiate, analyse, design, plan, execute and evaluate technical and/or management functions in highly specialised contexts.

4. Make significant, high level, independent judgements in major, broad or specialised planning, design, operational, technical and/or management functions in highly specialised contexts.

5. Present research findings in a range of spoken, written and electronic media.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences 1. Develop high level skills in the analysis, critical thinking and evaluation of the specialised area of forensic science or related topic.
2. Application of best scientific practice.
3. Develop high skills in the planning and execution of their work (time and task management).
4. Apply creativity and flexibility in the application of new knowledge and skills.
5. Applying initiative, independence and responsibility.
6. Enhanced communication (both written and oral) skills and team working ability.
7. Promotion of their skills and abilities to colleagues and forensic institutions
Other Learning Experiences Formal contact will be 6 hours per student.
Assessment The students will be assessed on structure and content of their dissertation. The assessment of the report will focus on:
1. Evidence of depth and breadth of advanced knowledge in the specialist field, through the assessment of their review of the specified topic.
2. Application of critical and new novel thinking of the chosen topic.
3. Structure and content of their dissertation.
4. Completion of set tasks within agreed time-lines.
5. Effectiveness of a presentation (written and oral) of project results to colleagues and relevant forensic institution.
Prerequisites Completion of all coursework units associated with M1255 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) unless otherwise approved by the Academic Chair.
Notes Students who complete the full coursework component of the degree with an average GPA of 2.5 may proceed to either BIO612 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Project or BIO609 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Dissertation. Students with average GPA of less than 2.5 may only proceed to BIO609 Forensic Science (Professional Practice) Masters Dissertation unless approved by the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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.


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