FSC102 Fundamentals in Forensic Science

Updated: 29 May 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
05 September 2019 07 September 2019 Non-Mandatory While it is not mandatory to attend the intensive school, it is mandatory to either attend the intensive school, which is held in Armidale, or complete a case study.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Dr Adam Rosser (adam.rosser@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This is a compulsory unit in the Bachelor of Criminology. FSC102 describes the role of the forensic scientist and discusses the principles of crime scene investigations. The latest investigative methods and techniques for bloodstain pattern analysis, drugs, toxicology and DNA fingerprinting are discussed. Case studies are presented to illustrate why and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Criminalistics (Global Edition): An Introduction to Forensic Science

ISBN: 9781292062020
Saferstein, R., Pearson Education 11th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 10% 250
Assessment Notes

On-line quiz. Multiple choice questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 10% 250
Assessment Notes

On-line quiz. Multiple choice questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 3 10% 250
Assessment Notes

On-line quiz. Multiple choice questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 4 10% 250
Assessment Notes

On-line quiz. Multiple choice questions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 5 20% 2000
Assessment Notes

Practical report/case study. The practical report is completed during the optional intensive school within the spaces provided in the report template. If a student does not attend the optional intensive school then they must complete the 2000 word case study. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass the final examination in order to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. recognise the technical and theoretical knowledge required in the role of a forensic scientist;
  2. use a broad range of cognitive, technical and communications skills to explain procedures of evidence collection and preservation from crime scenes;
  3. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate judgement and defined responsibility in the area of health and safety procedures at a crime scene; and
  4. transmit information using oral and written communication skills and demonstrating information literacy.