University of Technology Sydney

65034 Introduction to Forensic Science

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 2hpw (collaborative workshop)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 65242 Principles of Forensic Science


This subject is designed to introduce forensic science as a coherent discipline to students with pre-existing scientific backgrounds. Crucial forensic science concepts, philosophies and principles are presented in their historic context, and their impact on modern forensic science is emphasised. The various forensic science sub-disciplines are presented in a descriptive and logical manner. The subject intends to familiarise students with forensic science and also enhance the learning experience of other specialised forensic science subjects.

The subject covers the following areas in a forensic context: history; general definitions and concepts; sub-disciplines; methodology and methods; introduction to interpretation and Bayesian statistics; crime scene; trace typology; function of the expert; legal system; judicial admissibility; and ethical considerations. Lectures are complemented by tutorials/workshops involving guest speakers.

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