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C07137v1 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (GradDipForSc)
CRICOS code: 098063G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science and is designed for professional scientists wishing to update their industry-related skills for career advancement.

This course is designed to build students' knowledge and practice of forensic science alongside developing science management and leadership skills. The course contains compulsory core and elective practice-focused forensic science subjects across a range of disciplines from the crime scene to the laboratory. Professional subjects covering a range of skills crucial to all professional scientists – such as project and laboratory management, advanced scientific communication, ethics, innovation and science business models – complete the course. Students also have the option of undertaking a short research internship, subject to approval by the faculty.

Course aims

The course aims to produce adaptable forensic scientists who are proficient with modern professional practice and technology, and have strong general professional skills such as scientific communication, critical analysis, and project management.

Career options

Depending on the area of specialisation, graduates may pursue employment with organisations such as the Australian Federal Police, state policing agencies, ASIO, CSIRO, ANSTO, customs, immigration, and private forensic agencies. Career options include criminalist, trace evidence specialist, forensic toxicologist, DNA specialist, scene-of-crime officer, team leader in investigations, fire investigator, and fingerprint analyst.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Develop a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of relevant discipline areas.
1.1 Demonstrate proficiency and knowledge of forensic science practice, including the detection, collection, analysis, and interpretation of traces, using current and emerging processes or technologies.
1.2 Describe how forensic analyses and interpretation integrate with the policing and legal systems for the purposes of investigation, forensic intelligence, or case resolution.
2.0 An ability to hypothesise, apply the scientific method and solve problems, incorporating evidence-based knowledge acquisition, deduction, inference and induction to contest and test current scientific knowledge through critical evaluation and data analyses.
2.1 Apply discipline knowledge and interpretation processes to reconstruct realistic crime scenarios or infer linkages between crime phenomena.
2.2 Research, and critically appraise forensic and enabling science knowledge to address scenarios or develop new processes.
3.0 A capability to autonomously and collaboratively acquire technical, practical and professional skills within the context of work integrated learning and apply these in ethical ways to meet the current and future needs of society.
3.1 Demonstrate technical competence in the analysis and presentation of forensic traces using technology and procedures that translate directly to professional practice, both individually and in interdisciplinary teams.
3.2 Develop and integrate professional ethical conduct through work-integrated learning.
3.3 Discuss the impact and role of forensic science in addressing current and future challenges faced by law enforcement, the legal system, security, and the wider community.
4.0 A capacity for innovation and creativity beyond formal educational contexts through the development of reflective practices as self-directed learners, motivated by a curiosity to find solutions to current societal issues.
4.1 Evaluate forensic science practice and knowledge.
4.2 Apply forensic science and professional skills with personal autonomy.
4.3 Demonstrate initiative and innovative thinking through creative problem solving applied to new case scenarios, situations, or challenges in professional forensic science practice.
5.0 Communicate effectively and professionally across all domains (written/oral/visual/graphical) to a range of audiences using appropriate media.
5.1 Demonstrate skills in case documentation, using various methods to record and communicate observations and evaluation of traces throughout an investigation.
5.2 Present theoretical knowledge, conclusions, expert opinion, and the justification of professional decisions - effectively to expert, scientific and non-expert audiences.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into the course requires the completion of a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma, graduate certificate qualification in chemical sciences, biochemistry and cell biology, human biology, forensic science or medical science.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

Thsi course is offered on a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course requires 48 credit points of study, with 32 credit points chosen from core discipline subjects and 16 credit points from professional stream subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91293 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 32cp
STM91285 Professional stream (Science PG) 16cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following examples show typical full-time programs for students commencing in Autumn or Spring sessions.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science   8cp
Select 10 credit points from the following:   10cp
60110 Leadership in Science 8cp  
60107 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 8cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60118 Work Health and Safety for Science 8cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  
Spring session
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
65008 Crime Scene Investigation and Management 8cp  
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis 8cp  
65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics 8cp  
65007 Biometrics and Identification Sciences 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
65017 Forensic Science Research Internship Project C 16cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
65019 Foundations of Forensic Science   8cp
65009 Forensic Inference and Interpretation   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
65008 Crime Scene Investigation and Management 8cp  
65010 Forensic Toxicology and Drug Analysis 8cp  
65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics 8cp  
65007 Biometrics and Identification Sciences 8cp  
65015 Forensic Science Research Internship Project A 8cp  
65016 Forensic Science Research Internship Project B 8cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
60110 Leadership in Science 8cp  
60107 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 8cp  
60105 Ethics in Human Research 2cp  
60102 Ethics in Animal Research 2cp  
60108 Laboratory Management 4cp  
60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science 2cp  
60106 Research Proposal Writing 2cp  
60109 Professional Science Document Writing 2cp  
60118 Work Health and Safety for Science 8cp  
60901 Advanced Communication Skills in Science 6cp  
60119 Science Business Models and Intellectual Property 4cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science can transfer into the Master of Forensic Science (C04391), or Master of Forensic Science (Extension) (C04392) and receive recognition of prior learning for the completed course.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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