University of Technology Sydney

C09121v1 Bachelor of Forensic Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. check with the UTS Student Centre.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
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

LAW.1.1 A coherent and advanced understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge including: a. The Australian colonial and post-colonial legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
b. The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates including cultural awareness, social justice and policy;
c. The impact of Anglo-Australian laws on Indigenous peoples, including their historical origins in the process of colonisation and ongoing impact;
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles;
e. Advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of underlying legal principles and concepts in one or more areas of practice or inquiry.
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
a. An understanding of approaches to ethical decision making and professional responsibility;
b. 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; and
c. An ability to reflect on and engage constructively with diversity in practice.
LAW.3.1 An advanced capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to:
a. Identify and articulate legal issues in context, including the skill of critical reading and writing;
b. Apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to sometimes complex legal problems;
c. Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and
d. Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses.
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues; advanced knowledge of legal research principles and different methodologies, and technical and planning skills to design and apply research to a significant scholarly piece of work.
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills including:
a. Highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different and diverse audiences and environments;
b. An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade;
c. An ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message;
d. An ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly;
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and
f. An ability to communicate a clear and coherent exposition of legal research and scholarship orally and in writing.
LAW.6.1 Effective and appropriate collaboration skills in working together to achieve a common goal in a group learning environment or the workplace including:
a. An ability to give and receive feedback;
b. Appropriate professional and interpersonal skills in working collaboratively;
c. A capacity to develop strategies to successfully negotiate group challenges; and
d. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
LAW.7.1 The capacity to work with Indigenous peoples in a professional context;
a. To respect, recognise and advocate for Indigenous strengths and self-determination;
b. To acknowledge and respect Indigenous Knowledges;
c. To understand the impact of colonisation, specifically historical and ongoing racism and the economic impact of dispossession resulting in social and economic exclusion, and
d. To identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians.
LAW.8.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including:
a. An ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning, including authorship of a significant piece of work;
b. Well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context;
c. The ability to support personal and professional development by:
I. Reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance;
II. Making use of feedback as appropriate;
III. Identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance;
IV. Making use of resources and support in developing resilience; and
d. A capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning.
SCI.1.1 Apply: Demonstrate a command of forensic science practice, including the detection, collection, and analysis of traces using current, appropriate, and emerging processes and technologies.
SCI.1.2 Analyse: Evaluate the collection of traces and interpret the results of analyses through the use of propositions, hypotheses, and statistical methods.
SCI.1.3 Synthesise: Integrate information from individual and collective forensic analyses into investigative, evaluative, or intelligence frameworks.
SCI.2.1 Apply: Employ investigative and problem-solving skills to evaluate forensic science problems.
SCI.2.2 Analyse: Critically analyse and evaluate data, experimental results, and academic literature.
SCI.2.3 Synthesise: Formulate hypotheses and design experimental methods to test these hypotheses, and evaluate and communicate results in a scientific and impartial manner.
SCI.3.1 Apply: Practice safe, responsible, and professional conduct in laboratory and practical settings.
SCI.3.2 Analyse: Practise professional ethical conduct through work-integrated learning.
SCI.3.3 Synthesise: 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.
SCI.4.1 Apply: Apply forensic science and professional skills with a high degree of personal autonomy and reflection.
SCI.4.2 Analyse: Devise and implement a relevant examination strategy to locate and examine traces.
SCI.4.3 Synthesise: Demonstrate initiative and innovative thinking through creative problem solving applied to new case scenarios, situations, or challenges in forensic science practice.
SCI.5.1 Apply: Demonstrate skills in case documentation.
SCI.5.2 Analyse: Combine various methods to record and communicate observations and evaluation of traces throughout all stages of an investigation.
SCI.5.3 Synthesise: Explain experimental findings to communicate conclusions, expert opinion, and the justification of professional decisions effectively to expert, scientific, and non-expert audiences.
SCI.6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to forensic science.
SCI.6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
SCI.6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

Key

LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
SCI = Science course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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 12–15 hours of face-to-face classes a week; 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
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either a disruptive technologies and the law subject or a local internship.

The forensic science component comprises 42 credit points of core subjects and a 54-credit-point major, 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) 54cp
STM91052 Law stream (Honours) 144cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09121

Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student with law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 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
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
65312 Forensic Imaging   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
91132 Molecular Biology   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
91137 DNA Profiling   6cp
65313 Forensic Intelligence   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Spring session
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
65314 Complex Cases   6cp
65318 Forensic Genotyping Technologies   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology 6cp  
91330 Epidemiology and Public Health Microbiology 6cp  
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp  

Levels of award

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

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

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training 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
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