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Introduction to Forensic Science (CHE103)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides a broad introduction to forensic science and emphasises the multidisciplinary nature of forensics. The scientific disciplines that may be applied to solving crime are introduced and explored using case studies and examples. Forensic science professionals present guest lectures to provide students with a 'real world' perspective. The unit material is presented in lectures/workshops and weekly reading. Participation in online discussion groups is utilised to provide students with opportunities for active and cooperative learning.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Show a broad understanding of the scientific disciplines involved in forensic science.
2. Describe different types and uses of forensic evidence.
3. Explain examples of how forensic evidence is collected and used.
4. Develop skills in recall, synthesis and summary of information from a structured reading programme
5. Discuss specified forensic topics in a professional, scientific manner with a group of peers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week and 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves interactive lecture/workshop sessions that highlight the main aspects of Forensic Science. The different aspects of forensic science are presented by forensics professionals and experts from within the University and from external agencies, e.g. WAPOL, WA ChemCentre, Pathwest, in relevant scientific disciplines with students having opportunities to question and interact with presenters. Extensive use is made of case studies to demonstrate the application of science in solving crime. Additional interactive learning in this unit is provided by participation in online discussion activities on specified topics in forensics. A structured reading programme complements the lecture series and provides additional material not covered in the lectures and on-line quizzes are utilised for students to demonstrate their understanding of key concepts.
Other Learning Experiences Guided Discussion activities on forensic related topics.
Assessment Online quizzes consist of multiple choice and short answer questions designed to assess skills in synthesis and summary of information from the structured reading programme. Students are given multiple attempts at the quizzes to benefit from feedback and identify knowledge areas requiring additional attention. The online discussion activities are assessed in terms of students demonstrating engagement with the topics, evidence of seeking further information to enhance the discussion, supporting their arguments, and courteous participation. Written communication skills are considered in the assessment of both the online quizzes and discussion activities. Both general and individual feedback is provided on each assessment item. The final exam probes knowledge and application of principles covered in all aspects of the unit.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC235 Forensic Science or PEC435 Introduction to Forensic Science or PEC103 Introduction to Forensic Science may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: PEC103
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2020]
Appears in these Minors Crime Science
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Leonie Hughes

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2886
e: L.Hughes@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.009 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Shane Tobe
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6992
e: Shane.Tobe@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.2.007 - Building 240, Murdoch Campus
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