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C09050v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry (BForSc(Hons))
CRICOS code: 061247E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
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
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry provides students with training and skills required for undertaking research in forensic science as well as further developing their investigative and communication skills in the forensic science context.

Honours students have access to staff who are leading researchers and experts in their fields. The course also offers the opportunity for students to undertake a research project within one of the research groups at UTS or collaboratively with an external organisation. Undertaking an honours course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. Honours also provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at master's and doctorate level, and enhances graduates' career and study options.

Course aims

This course aims to produce professional forensic scientists and chemists with highly adaptable and practical scientific skills and to develop critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Career options

Career options include positions in the police service or other government forensic services, in drug detection, environmental chemistry, private investigation, and state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
2.0 An Enquiry-oriented approach
3.0 Professional skills and their appropriate application
4.0 The ability to be a life long learner
5.0 Engagement with the needs of society
6.0 Communication skills
7.0 Initiative and innovative ability

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is normally open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

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

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 48 credit points of study, consisting of two academic stages. The major component of the course (75 per cent) is a research project that extends over the full duration of the course and normally takes the form of an experimental investigation. The project is undertaken within one of the research groups at UTS in an area of forensic science. Projects may also be undertaken in collaboration with an external partner. Projects are chosen by the student, although first preferences cannot always be accommodated. As part of the project, students undertake a critical review of the existing literature in their research area and develop a research plan for the year. The results of the project are presented in an oral seminar and in a written thesis, both of which are formally assessed. The remaining 25 per cent is coursework.

Course completion requirements

65743 Complex Forensic Cases (Chemistry) 6cp
65863 Expert Evidence Presentation 6cp
65864 Honours (Forensic Science) 1 18cp
65865 Honours (Forensic Science) 2 18cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The course commences in either Autumn or Spring session. The program shown assumes full-time attendance. Not all subjects may be available.

Year 1
Autumn session
65743 Complex Forensic Cases (Chemistry)   6cp
65864 Honours (Forensic Science) 1   18cp
Spring session
65863 Expert Evidence Presentation   6cp
65865 Honours (Forensic Science) 2   18cp

Professional recognition

Graduates from this course are eligible to become members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.