University of Technology Sydney

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

In this combined degree, students learn to use science as a tool to enforce the law or to prepare for professional and specialist work in the world of forensic science.

Majoring in biology, chemistry, crime scene investigation or digital forensics, students work in world-class forensic science facilities that have been modelled on operational labs. Simultaneously, they study the foundations of the law, including constitutional, civil, criminal, commercial, tort and ethics law, before choosing an elective path that complements their scientific interests.

Soft skills, including critical thinking and problem solving, are a key component of the degree. The Legal Futures and Technology major is also on offer in this course, offering students the chance to explore smart contracts, AI, blockchain and other technologies as they relate to future legal practice.

Graduates meet the academic requirements for admission to practise law in NSW and benefit from UTS's extensive partnerships with 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 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; and
d. The principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers’ roles.
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 A 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;
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.
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; and
e. An ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others.
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;
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 Apply: Practice safe, responsible, and professional conduct in laboratory and practical settings.
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)

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 10–15 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
  • 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) 54cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10391

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.

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
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   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
65325 Digital Trace and Identity   6cp
41092 Network Fundamentals   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
48730 Cybersecurity   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
65326 Digital and Cyber Crime   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
41900 Cryptography   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  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 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
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
65342 Crime Scene Investigation   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
65319 Biological Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
65321 Homicide and Human Remains Investigation   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  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
65322 Major Scene Investigation   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
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
Spring session
70108 Public International Law   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology   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  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Spring session
65313 Forensic Intelligence   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  
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
33116 Design, Data, and Decisions   6cp
Spring session
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
35255 Forensic Statistics   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
65316 Criminalistics   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
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  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 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
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 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:

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