University of Technology Sydney

65019 Foundations of Forensic Science

8cp; 4-6hpw: 6 x 2hpw (workshop, online), 10 x 3hpw (practical class, on-campus)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 65034 Introduction to Forensic Science


This subject is designed to introduce the fundamental knowledge of forensic science to students with pre-existing scientific backgrounds. The global investigative process is presented from the crime scene to the forensic laboratory investigation. Philosophies, principles as well as crucial forensic science concepts are presented in their historic context and their impact on modern forensic science is developed. Within the global context of forensic science, the various forensic sub-disciplines are presented in a descriptive and logical manner. The subject intends to familiarise students with the concepts and methodologies of forensic science and also enhance the learning experience of other specialised forensic science subjects.

The subject covers the following areas of forensic context: general definitions and concepts; crime scene investigation, methodology and methods, forensic laboratory investigation, sub-disciplines, methodologies and documentation.

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