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Crime Scene Investigation I (BIO596)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides instruction on the crime scene processing of volume and serious crime. Principles of crime scene documentation (contemporaneous notes, photography and mapping) and evidence detection, preservation and capture are taught. A number of practical exercises, processing a range of mock scene types from burglary to sexual assault are undertaken in small teams. Upon completion of the unit, students have gained invaluable experience in the forensic processing of crime scenes according to Australian policing procedures.
Unit Learning Outcomes 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 Crime Scene Investigation
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 17 hours of Lectures and 17 hours of workshops: over 12 teaching weeks; practical work 18.5 hrs over 12 weeks
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with practical field sessions to ensure that the lectures inform the practical sessions and vice versa. The students develop specific problem-solving skills relevant to forensic/ crime scene investigation and reconstruction via the use of 'dolls houses' in which crime scene simulations are constructed and then investigated by the students as part of the practical component of the unit.
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 3 hour practical test, a 2 hour theoretical test and on their group practical/ laboratory reports.
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: S2-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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