University of Technology Sydney

65006 Advanced Chemical Criminalistics

Requisite(s): 65019 Foundations of Forensic Science AND 65009c Forensic Inference and Interpretation
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The forensic science discipline is built upon the analysis of traces, and just like any other scientific discipline, this analysis is broken down into fields of specialty. In chemical criminalistics the focus is on traces that primarily require chemical analysis in addition to forensic fundamental and reasoning skills. In this subject students are introduced to this forensic discipline on a foundational level, before they are then brought up to a higher level of forensic reasoning and challenged with the analysis and interpretation of a complex forensic case. The content is introduced through online modules that are accessible on Canvas, allowing the students to direct their own learning. These modules are then complemented by the practical and workshop program that first introduces key skills before asking the students to lead their own complex case. By the end of this subject, students are proficient at leading and triaging traces in an investigation, using analytical procedures, advanced forensic interpretation, and expert witness reporting.

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