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C11287v1 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (GradCertForSc)
CRICOS code: 098064G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

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

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science is suitable for those seeking a scientific qualification to assist them to gain entry into further forensic science studies, as well as for those who are already employed in a scientific field but wish to gain new specialised skills to advance their area of expertise.

The course enhances career prospects by providing opportunities to extend knowledge beyond a first degree. It provides the opportunity to extend or renew scientific knowledge and professional skills that are important to career advancement.

Career options

The course provides a backbone of skills important to a professional forensic scientist; be they engaged in research, science business, industries or government organisations.

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 or 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.

Recognition of prior learning

No exemptions are granted for this course.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

The course requires 24 credit points of study, with 16 credit points chosen from the core discipline subjects and 8 credit points from the professional stream subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91291 Core subjects (Forensic Science) 16cp
CBK91766 Professional elective(s) (Science PG) 8cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Articulation with UTS courses

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science can transfer into Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (C07137), Master of Forensic Science (C04391), or Master of Forensic Science (Extension) (C04392) and receive full recognition of prior learning for the completed course.

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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