School Of Science

Complex Forensic StudiesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300911.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Val Spikmans

Equivalent Units
300373 - Complex Forensic Case Studies

300864 Imaging Science & Photographic Evidence AND 300873 Crime Scene Investigation AND 300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis AND 300806 Forensic Science

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 3589 Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science), 3562 Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science) (Forensic Science), MT3022 Forensic Science, MT3023 Forensic Chemistry or MT3024 Forensic Biology.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This is an advanced and integrating capstone unit for students studying forensic science. It incorporates previous science, forensic science and social science units to form a comprehensive examination of the functionality of forensic evidence within the contemporary Australian judicial system. This capstone highlights the needs for an interdisciplinary approach to define and critique forensic science evidence from various perspectives including science, law, criminology, policing and social science. Students are required to use their skills and knowledge with additional independent research and inquiry using a range of set literature. The unit will study a range of contemporary issues including how the judicial system evaluates the reliability of evidence from an admissibility threshold, identification evidence from CCTV, contextual bias with forensic examination, contamination issues with forensic evidence and methods of expressing forensic findings and/or significance.

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3562.9Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science)CONTINUING
3589.8Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science)CONTINUING
3754.1Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT
3756.1Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)CURRENT
3757.1Bachelor of Advanced ScienceCURRENT
3763.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCURRENT
3764.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International StudiesCURRENT
4748.3Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
6043.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT


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MT3023.1Forensic ChemistryCONTINUING
MT3024.1Forensic BiologyCONTINUING

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