School Of Science

Fingerprint Detection and IdentificationWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301132.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Chris Lennard

Assumed Knowledge
Knowledge of general science as obtained via an undergraduate science degree (with completion of chemistry and biology units highly recommended)

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the Master of Forensic Science, the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science, or the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Uni of Florida Term 2  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available   Print Unit Outline*
2022 Uni of Florida Term 2  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit aims to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the scientific methodologies applied to the detection, enhancement and identification of fingerprint evidence in a forensic context. The detection methods presented cover all of the current optical, physical and chemical techniques, as well as an insight into new approaches that are likely to have an impact over the next decade. The generally-accepted ACE-V methodology for fingerprint identification is discussed, together with the application of Bayesian statistics that has gained momentum as a preferred assessment method for this form of forensic evidence.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students will require internet access via a laptop or desktop computer (the unit is delivered via a web browser)

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