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C10388v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (BForSc)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609252 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 092382G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prepares students for professional and specialist work in the discipline of forensic science. Students build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the enabling sciences, complemented by an in-depth understanding of forensic science in the context of their chosen discipline. Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills is a focus of the degree, with graduates in high demand from a diverse range of industries and organisations.

Students also study a major in the language and culture of another country.

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of how forensic science can solve and prevent crime. This is a hands-on course using world-class facilities that are modelled on operational laboratories. The course is well regarded nationally and internationally, with strong links to industries such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions, and government laboratories.

With one year of international experience gained from studying and living overseas, graduates find it easier to adapt to and work in another country or Australia.

Course aims

This course aims to produce professional forensic scientists with highly adaptable scientific skills, accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory and practice.

Career options

Career options depend on the selected major but may include positions in the police service, state and federal law enforcement agencies, government and private forensic or drug detection laboratories, customs, quarantine services, environmental protection agencies, pharmaceutical, chemical and analytical industries, DNA testing laboratories, medical diagnostic laboratories, hospitals or corporate multinationals providing forensic, medical or research services, digital forensic laboratories, scene of crime officers.

Course intended learning outcomes

INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

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.

Assumed knowledge

2-unit mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of science. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Chemistry; Physics are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points of study made up of 48 credit points of core subjects, a 72-credit-point major choice, 24 credit points of electives and 96 credit points of country choice.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year at a university overseas.

Course completion requirements

STM91180 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 48cp
CBK91225 Major choice 72cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below.

Chemistry major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1 6cp  
65001 Medicinal Chemistry 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Biology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
91138 Investigation of Human Remains 6cp  
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91326 Analytical Biochemistry 6cp  
91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
91138 Investigation of Human Remains 6cp  
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
CSI major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains   6cp
65321 Homicide Investigation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
65322 Major Scene Investigation   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65317 Document Examination and Counterfeiting 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1 6cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65323 Advanced Imaging and Specialist Recovery   6cp
Digital Forensics major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
31268 Web Systems   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
Spring session
41092 Network Fundamentals   6cp
41900 Security Fundamentals   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
48730 Cyber Security   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
48436 Digital Forensics   6cp
31275 Mobile Networking   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65325 Digital Trace and Identity   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
65326 Digital and Cyber Crime   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
31338 Network Servers 6cp  
41891 Cloud Computing Infrastructure 6cp  
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65327 Web Monitoring and Investigations   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) (C09100) is available to eligible students from 2020 with an additional one year of full-time study.

Other information

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