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C10389v2 Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (BForSc)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609587(Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 092383G
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
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation 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.

Creative intelligence and innovation training utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

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.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate in a rapidly changing world.

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 and may include positions in the police service; state and federal law enforcement agencies; government and private forensic and 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; and scene-of-crime offices.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to complex issues facing their disciplines and society.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of forensic science practice, collection of traces and integration of the derived information with the security and legal system, including the use of current and emerging techniques in forensic science.
1.2 Apply the forensic investigative process of crime scene investigation, imaging of traces, laboratory analysis, interpretation and presentation of evidence.
1.3 Apply the principles of forensic intelligence for the linking of forensic traces.
1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of core areas of biology (microbiology, molecular biology, next generation DNA sequencing, biochemistry), and how they relate to the analysis and interpretation of forensic science traces.
2.1 Apply the scientific method, formulate hypotheses from chemistry or forensic-based questions, and experimental methods to test these hypotheses and incorporate results in scientifically defensible arguments.
2.2 Develop investigative and problem-solving skills through realistic forensic case scenarios, case studies laboratory exercises.
3.1 Collect, analyse, interpret and report forensic science traces using scientific instrumentation and procedures that translate directly to professional practice, both individually and in teams.
3.2 Demonstrate time and project management skills through the investigation of forensic science scenarios and short research projects.
3.3 Apply your understanding of professional ethics, quality management and legal considerations to the handling of practical scenarios and classroom discussions.
4.1 Independently research, assess the reliability of, utilise and apply new information and techniques to solve problems related to forensic science.
4.2 Collaborate in peer learning through discussion, demonstration of laboratory techniques, reflection and implementation of feedback.
5.1 Understand role of forensic science within law enforcement, the legal system and the wider community.
5.2 Understanding of appropriate workplace health and safety practices, particularly in a laboratory setting.
6.1 Use various methods to document and communicate crime scene observations, experimental results, ideas and expert opinion.
6.2 Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for expert, scientific and non-scientific audiences.
7.1 Apply theoretical knowledge and available resources to solve unfamiliar and complex case-based scenarios.
7.2 Proactively anticipate and apply creative solutions to problems.
7.3 Self-expression in a scientific context is developed throughout the course, as students develop their analytical skills culminating in research projects in the final stages of the degree.
CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact

Key

CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation 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.

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.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Chemistry; Physics are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course in four years of full-time study. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking eight years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

The course comprises 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 core subjects in creative intelligence and innovation.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM91180 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 48cp
CBK91225 Major choice 72cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below.

Chemistry major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1 6cp  
65001 Medicinal Chemistry 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65545 Forensic Toxicology 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs 6cp  
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1 6cp  
65001 Medicinal Chemistry 6cp  
68070 Introduction to Materials 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81522 Innovation Internship A 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B   6cp
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Biology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains 6cp  
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91326 Analytical Biochemistry 6cp  
91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81522 Innovation Internship A 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B   6cp
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
CSI major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65321 Homicide Investigation   6cp
65322 Major Scene Investigation   6cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65317 Document Examination and Counterfeiting 6cp  
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1 6cp  
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65323 Advanced Imaging and Specialist Recovery   6cp
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81522 Innovation Internship A 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B   6cp
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Digital Forensics major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
31268 Web Systems   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
41092 Network Fundamentals   6cp
41900 Security Fundamentals   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
48730 Cyber Security   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65325 Digital Trace and Identity   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
48436 Digital Forensics   6cp
65326 Digital and Cyber Crime   6cp
31275 Mobile Networking   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
41891 Cloud Computing Infrastructure 6cp  
31338 Network Servers 6cp  
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG)   24cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65315 Forensic Research Project   6cp
65327 Web Monitoring and Investigations   6cp
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81522 Innovation Internship A 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B   6cp
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp

Honours

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

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Chemistry major are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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