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Homicide and Death Investigation (BIO597)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit develops skills and knowledge of police, forensic and crime scene strategies, forensic specialisms, legal frameworks and expert witness testimony in the investigation of suspicious deaths and homicides. Using their skills from this and the other units, students will be performing the role of a forensic/ crime scene investigator during the 'capstone' residential field trip to process a mock suspicious death. An expert evidence report will be prepared and presented as testimony in moot court.
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
Skills
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 Forensic Science and the relevant legislation
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 Total contact time of 68 hours that will include a combination of Lectures/Workshops, Field trips, Moot Court assessment and revisions.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of a structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with workshop and practical sessions to ensure the development of problem-solving skills relevant to suspicious death and homicide investigations and the role of the Expert Witness. Students will develop specific knowledge and skills pertinent the investigative process, the application of core forensic skills/ techniques and the role of forensic specialisms.
Assessment Assessment tests are based on the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge contained within the Unit modules on Homicide and Death investigation. The students will be assessed on a their group mock suspicious death scene report; expert witness report and expert witness testimony.
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
BIO597
Associate Professor James Speers
Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7414
e: J.Speers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.011 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
BIO597

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor James Speers
Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7414
e: J.Speers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.011 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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