School Of Science

Environmental Forensic InvestigationsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300981.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Val Spikmans

Equivalent Units
300377 - Forensic Analysis of Physical Evidence, 300881 - Forensic Biology

300806 Forensic Science AND 300843 Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Autumn  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  See Coordinator above   Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*

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About this Unit
This unit examines the forensic processes required to conduct investigations into environmental crime and incidents. The unit extends the student’s knowledge and understanding of forensic science concepts to environmental scenarios, including illegal dumping, spills and water pollution incidents. The unit will discuss how scenes are investigated, what methods and techniques are used to analyse environmental samples, and how the results are interpreted and presented in the NSW Land and Environment Court. Factors effecting the collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence, such as weathering, are also discussed, as these are crucial to understand the scenes and to correctly present evidence in court.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Safety glasses and laboratory coat, laboratory book and enclosed footwear. Forensic science grip kit containing small equipment items (linear scales, compass, tape measure etc). This grip kit is used in other forensic science units.

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