FSC310 Forensic Chemistry

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
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 08 September 2019 Mandatory The intensive school is mandatory for online students only. Students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School which is held in Armidale.
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 CHEM203 or CHEM250 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions FSC410 or FSC510
Notes

Resources (unit outline, supplementary reading) will be web-based and available online.

Combined Units FSC510 - Forensic Chemistry
Coordinator(s) Michelle Taylor (mtaylo53@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit develops the scientific principles behind the examination and analysis of chemical evidence. Emphasis is placed on forensic drug analysis and pharmacology, combustion and arson, documents, fingerprint development techniques and the analysis of trace evidence including glass and fibres.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

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.

Forensic Chemistry

ISBN: 9781292020440
Bell, S., Pearson Prentice Hall 2nd ed. 2013

Note: Available from the Dixson Library, UNE.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Forensic Science

ISBN: 9781292088181
Jackson, A.R.W. and Jackson, J.M., Pearson Prentice Hall 4th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 2, 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% 500
Assessment Notes

Short and long answer responses and/or calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 7.5% 600
Assessment Notes

Short and long answer responses and/or calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 3 6% 500
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise. Includes a written court report and an oral assessment of the written court report. It is mandatory to achieve an overall pass from the seven practical assessments.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 4 24% 1400
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise. Includes laboratory work and six (6) written reports. It is mandatory to achieve an overall pass from the seven practical assessments.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 5 7.5% 500
Assessment Notes

Short and long answer responses and/or calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 45%
Assessment Notes

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

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. discuss, using a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge, the chemistry and composition of a range of forensic evidence types;
  2. use well developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to relate the scientific principles behind separation and identification sciences to the analysis of forensic samples;
  3. analyse and evaluate information to select and describe appropriate methods for the analysis of a range of forensic evidence types;
  4. analyse, evaluate, collate, manipulate, interpret and transmit information and numerical data related to forensic chemistry; and
  5. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility towards problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking, while working individually or as part of a team.