School Of Science

Forensic ChemistryWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300868.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Val Spikmans

Assumed Knowledge
Knowledge of general and analytical chemistry equivalent to satisfactory completion of Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Essentials of Chemistry 1, Essentials of Chemistry 2 and a second year analytical chemistry unit.

Equivalent Units
300494 - Forensic Chemsitry

300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis OR 300832 Analytical Chemistry

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Autumn  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Val Spikmans  Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*

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About this Unit
This unit extends the student’s knowledge and understanding of chemical topics that are relevant to forensic investigations, and provides a deeper understanding of the underlying chemical and physical principles. Topics are taught in the context of the correct principles and procedures for collecting and conserving evidence, and the safe handling of chemical substances. Topics include an extended range of modern chemical instrumentation; the chemistry and analysis of various classes of drugs; clandestine drug laboratories; fire, arson and accelerants; explosions and explosives; and various forms of trace evidence (including textile fibres, glass and paint).

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Safety glasses and laboratory coat.

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