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Crime Scene Investigation II (BIO685)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit covers complex and protracted crime scenes, including a simulated homicide. Students apply fundamental forensic techniques alongside forensic archaeology to processing a clandestine grave for body recovery. Topics are relevant to high profile investigations; forensic anthropology, entomology, ballistics, HAZMAT, chemical criminalistics and disaster victim identification. Students generate court statements from their work for testing in a moot court testimony. Future roles of major crime forensic investigators in national security concerns, terrorism and cyber attacks is addressed.
Unit Learning Outcomes Knowledge
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 Major Incident Forensics
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 Lecture/workshops: 36hrs over 9 weeks; Practicals, field trips including mock crime scene and moot court exercise or equivalent: 24 hours per semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with workshop and practical sessions to ensure that the principles of crime scene interpretation and reconstruction are considered in the context of physical evidence and forensic opportunities. Through a mock crime scene at a dedicated field station and moot court presentations, students will gain experience in the processing and reporting of complex crime scenes in accordance with scientific, jurisdictional and legal protocols.
Other Learning Experiences This unit consists of a compulsory, two-day field exercise that may be scheduled within a teaching break, subject to site availability. Please consult the Unit Co-ordinator for precise dates before committing to anything that may render you unavailable to attend.
Assessment Assessment tests are based on the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge contained within the Unit modules on crime scene investigation. The students will be assessed on a 2 hour theoretical test and on their body recovery exercise scene report, expert witness statement and associated mock court room expert witness presentation.
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
Mr Brendan Chapman
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2270
e: Brendan.Chapman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.013 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Brendan Chapman
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2270
e: Brendan.Chapman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.013 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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