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Bodies of Evidence (BIO215)

Organisational Unit Faculty of Science and Engineering
Credit Points 4
Availability Murdoch: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit focuses on the collection and presentation of evidence derived from the biological and chemical investigation of homicide. It introduces the role of the Coroner's Court and discusses evidence derived from the key disciplines of forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, forensic botany and forensic chemistry. A complex murder case is investigated and the evidence is presented in a moot court. Protocols for the collection and presentation of evidence including chain of custody, expert testimony and forensic report writing are emphasised.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 3 hours per week; laboratories: 20 hours per semester.
Some lectures and workshops are held in the non-teaching weeks during the semester; see the Teaching Timetable for further details.
Prerequisites PEC144 Chemical Principles and BIO152 Cell Biology.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BForensics)
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BForensics) + Molecular Biology (BSc) + Biomedical Science (BSc)
Appears in these Minors 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.


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