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C10391v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Laws

Award(s): Bachelor of Forensic Science (BForSc)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

UAC code: 609068 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 092384F
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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

Overview

The Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Laws is offered jointly by UTS: Law and UTS: Science.

The Bachelor of Forensic Science 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.

The program provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the academic requirements only for admission as a lawyer together with forensic science.

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.

Students can choose from four majors: biology, chemistry, crime scene investigation, and digital forensics. The course is well-regarded with strong links to industries such as the federal and state police services, national and international forensic institutions, and government laboratories.

Career options

Career options 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

1.1 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: the Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy; and the principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles.
2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including: an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility; and an ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community.
3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to: identify and articulate legal issues in context; apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including: highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different audiences and environments; an ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; an ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message; an ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly; an ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and an ability to generate a sustained and logical argument.
6.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including: an ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning; well developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context; the ability to support personal and professional development by: reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance; making use of feedback as appropriate; identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance; and making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.

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

English proficiency; Mathematics; and Science.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is five years of full-time study.

The law component requires attendance of between 10–15 hours of face-to-face classes a week and timetable constraints may require attendance at daytime and evening classes. The science component requires attendance of approximately 20–22 hours a week on campus.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 240 credit points and allows students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Forensic Science (BForSc) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB). The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • 30 credit points of law options, including either:
    • 30 credit points of law options, or
    • 30 credit points of legal futures and technology options
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option.

The forensic science component comprises 42 credit points of core subjects and a 54-credit-point major choice taken from one of the four specified majors representing different forensic science disciplines.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM91181 Core subjects (Forensic Science Law) 42cp
CBK91230 Major choice (Forensic Science Law) 54cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram



Course program

The program shown is for a full-time student who has chosen one of the forensic science majors and law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK90922.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09443 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91138 Investigation of Human Remains 6cp  
65319 Biological Criminalistics 6cp  
65320 Bioinformatics 6cp  
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Spring session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Digital Forensics major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
41900 Security Fundamentals   6cp
41092 Network Fundamentals   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
65325 Digital Trace and Identity   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
65326 Digital and Cyber Crime   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
48730 Cyber Security   6cp
Spring session
48436 Digital Forensics   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65327 Web Monitoring and Investigations   6cp
CSI major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
Spring session
91138 Investigation of Human Remains   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics 6cp  
65317 Document Examination and Counterfeiting 6cp  
65644 Fire and Explosion Investigation 6cp  
65321 Homicide Investigation 6cp  
65322 Major Scene Investigation 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65323 Advanced Imaging and Specialist Recovery   6cp
Biology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
70108 Public International Law   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65318 Next Generation Sequencing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
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  
Chemistry major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
65242 Principles of Forensic Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
65544 Chemical Criminalistics   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   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  

Honours

Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) if they complete subjects 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The degree may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Students who undertake the Legal Futures and Technology major and who meet the criteria for honours can choose to undertake honours as part of their degree.

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

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training (PLT) program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Forensic Science 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:

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