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Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology (BMS213)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit focuses on aspects of skeletal and regional anatomy of the human body that are central to forensic science, and in particular forensic anthropology - that is, how you could identify a person from their skeleton and understanding forensic case reports . Topics include human evolution, human anatomy, and the changes associated with death and decomposition. Practical applications include the determination of age, sex, ancestry, pathology and trauma. Practical classes include hands-on experience with the measurement and analysis of human skeletal material.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe in detail the structure and function of the human skeletal and some organ systems relevant to forensic and anthropological studies.
2. Describe and demonstrate the methodology involved in determining sex, age at death, ancestry and stature and the recognition of some individual human characteristics.
3. Describe examples of trauma to the skeleton and how timing of trauma or pathologies can be deduced to establish forensic context.
4. Describe and discuss the processes of decomposition and taphonomy and how they relate to forensic and anthropological analysis.
5. Demonstrate appropriate research skills, including interpretation of scientific publications, an appreciation for the role of peer review in science, successful group work methodology, and presentation of scientific information.
Development of graduate attributes including 1. Self-directed learning, 2. Effective communication, 3. Research skills, 4. Collaborative learning and team-work, 5. Ethical practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: online content delivered as weekly modules; workshops: 2 hours per week; practicals: 1.5 hours per week (x 6 weeks).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit has student centred focus on learning through problem-based workshop activities that will require critical thinking and group work. The rationale of the problem-based learning (PBL) is to connect you with the learning material as an active, rather than passive, participant in the course. In order to get the most out of the PBLs you will need to engage with the online material and supplementary learning tasks in the laboratory sessions, prior to your scheduled workshop. Online content will highlight important concepts and introduce you to applied topics of forensic anatomy and anthropology, while the laboratory exercises are designed to develop your practical anatomical knowledge.
Assessment Assessment tasks for this unit aim to demonstrate the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes: - an 'anthropology case study' group research project in-class presentation (18%) - Formative quizzes: 3x30 mins throughout semester delivered online (24%) - Laboratory exam (22%): mid-semester in order to provide feedback on individual students' developing practical knowledge (45 mins) - Final exam (36%): a 'mock' forensic case in which each student will provide an identity profile for skeletal remains of an individual (e.g. ancestry, age, sex, stature) (2 hours).
Prerequisites Nil. Highly recommended: BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body or ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BMS202 Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2020]
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
Appears in these Minors Forensic Biology
Human Anatomy
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
Dr Natalie Warburton
Senior Lecturer Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7658
e: N.Warburton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.010 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Natalie Warburton
Senior Lecturer Anatomy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7658
e: N.Warburton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.1.010 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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