BMED19007 - Forensic Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to explain the roles and guiding ethical principles for forensic scientists in cases of law and in incident investigations. Students will interpret information from the current forensic science literature, methodologies and technologies including methods for dealing with trace evidence and the use of DNA profiling for identification, and how forensic science results are interpreted and analysed. These topics will be explored through practical classes for Rockhampton and Flex students.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CHEM 11008 Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences OR CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Course scored overall satisfaction score of 5.0/ 5.0. Most responding students were positive about the Residential School and guest speaker from police forensics. Course evaluation. Continue similarly next year.
We included a new practical on blood stains this year. For this, some improvements to instructions in the laboratory manual were noted for the next offering. An error was found in the drug analysis practical instructions, to be ammended for next year. Residential School. Update the lab manual as noted by laboratory staff and Course Coordinator.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the roles and the guiding ethical principles for forensic scientists in cases of law, in incident investigations, and in international collaborations
  2. Interpret information obtained from a variety of forensic science laboratory techniques for physical evidence analysis
  3. Describe and critique current forensic science literature and technologies including methods for dealing with trace evidence and the use of DNA profiling for identification
  4. Analyse and communicate forensic science results clearly and accurately, drawing appropriate conclusions

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment            
2 - Practical and Written Assessment            
3 - Examination              

Prescribed Textbooks

Criminalistics - An introduction to forensic science
Author/s: Saferstein R Year: 2015
Edition: Global 11th Edition Publisher: Pearson Education
City: Edinburgh Gate, Harlow State: Essex
Country: England
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorWilliam Aspden (w.aspden@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Forensic Science, The Crime Scene

1, 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Physical Evidence

3, 4

Week 3 20-03-2017

Fingerprints

6

Week 4 27-03-2017

Microscopy

7

Week 5 03-04-2017

Firearms, Tools, Glass

8, 9

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Hair, Fibres

10
Week 7 24-04-2017 Drugs 11
Week 8 01-05-2017

Toxicology

12
Week 9 08-05-2017 Metals, Paints, Soils
13
Literature review Due Friday (12 May 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017 Serology 14
Week 11 22-05-2017

DNA profiling

15
Week 12 29-05-2017

Arson, Explosions

16

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The Residential School for this course is compulsory for all enrolled students. Attendance is required, as is completing the associated assessment item.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Literature review
Task Description

Recent advances in forensic science—A literature review

Over the past decade there have been rapid advances in forensic science and forensic analytical capabilities, mainly driven by the advent of new methodologies, techniques or instrumentation. Your task for this assignment is to prepare a literature review by choosing an area of forensic science that interests you, and where a major advance in capability has occurred recently, or is currently occurring. Some examples might include organic gunshot residue analysis, laser ablation ICP-MS for metals analysis in a variety of case exhibits (including packaging tape, glass, and ammunition), capillary electrophoresis for explosives detection, Y-chromosome STR and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, new methods for analysing degraded DNA, RNA fingerprinting analysis, new developments in analytical spectroscopy, solid phase micro-extraction of drugs, arson and post-explosion evidence, and new scientific developments in forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology.

Length 2000 words (not including reference list), 1 1/2 line spacing 12 point font.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria - Literature Review

Introduction (3 marks): Captures attention. Introduces theme and material to be reviewed. May include a historical perspective.

Research (10 marks): Evidence of extensive literature and information searching outside the text book, and effective use of a range of sources, including numerous primary journal articles, and specific texts where relevant (for latter, search CQUni library catalogue). As a general guideline, a minimum of 15 primary journal articles related to the topic and background should be researched and discussed.

Review style (10 marks): Accurate information reviewed critically at a high level of technical understanding. Evidence of ‘synthesis’ of information researched (rather than a more simple catalogue of methods or reports) that highlights any conflicts in interpretation of the evidence. Evidence of original thought and creativity in writing style. There must be logical flow of information presented that engages with a reader who is knowledgeable of the various analytical methods employed and forensic processes.The content of the review should be separated into logical sections, each with a subheading to enhance reader impact. Correct grammar and spelling. Adherence to length (2000 words + 10%).

Conclusion: (3 marks): Sums up the findings from the review and may suggest future directions.

Referencing (4 marks): All information should be thoroughly referenced in the body of the essay by using citations. All sources referred to should be listed at the end of the review. Referencing style should accurately follow the "Harvard" style. The quality of the references used will be part of the assessment.

Total marks: 30.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% (15/30)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

via Assessment Block in Course Moodle Site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Describe and critique current forensic science literature and technologies including methods for dealing with trace evidence and the use of DNA profiling for identification

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Answers to questions in Laboratory Manual
Task Description

Answer the specific questions in the Laboratory Manual as a group during or following completion of each practical. As well as completing your own Laboratory Manual for your own records and exam study, each group should collect an additional Laboratory Manual for providing group consensus answers for submission.

Assessment Due Date Group answers to Laboratory Manual questions to be handed in at end of Residential School.
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment is based on the accuracy of the answers. One mark will be allocated for each question or row of a table, the total of which will then be converted to out of 20 marks.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% (10/20)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy
Group submission

Hand in completed Group Laboratory Manual answers before leaving the Residential School.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Interpret information obtained from a variety of forensic science laboratory techniques for physical evidence analysis

4. Analyse and communicate forensic science results clearly and accurately, drawing appropriate conclusions

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

5. Team Work



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the roles and the guiding ethical principles for forensic scientists in cases of law, in incident investigations, and in international collaborations

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication


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