INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE AND THE LAW

LCR2FSL

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Building on the scientific methods explicated in Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law, this subject examines the legal/forensic dimensions of the application of the physical sciences to the criminal justice process. It introduces students to the general principles and practices of forensic science and its role in investigation, prosecution and defence. The topics covered include the development and history of forensic science, an overview of the major forensic disciplines, the law and practices surrounding the use of forensic in court proceedings (considered via a range of case studies) and current issues in relation to forensic science.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesPresentations and tutorials critically analysing legal principles relating to forensic science. Students are required,to use new language in discussion and written settings.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLCR1ALS OR LAW1LIM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Introduction to Forensic Science and the Law

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorVarious

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherVarious

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationStudents will be provided with a range of resource materials through the LMS.

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. An understanding of the history and development of the forensic application of the physical sciences.
02. An understanding of the role of the core sciences (chemistry, physics, biology, maths in forensic science and of the methods used for the comparative examination of forensic science
03. An appreciation of the role of forensic sciences in the criminal justice system, and of their diversity.
04. A capacity to understand and critically evaluate key concepts relating to forensic science and the law.
05. Identify and discuss key issues relating to the use of forensic science in the criminal justice

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One essay (1500 words). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

One take-home examination (3000 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One essay (1500 words). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

One take-home examination (3000 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5