University of Technology Sydney

65743 Complex Forensic Cases (Chemistry)

6cp; 4hpw: in general 1hr (workshop), 3hrs (practicals)
Requisite(s): ((65412 Physical Evidence AND 65544 Chemical Criminalistics) OR 65864c Honours (Forensic Science) 1 )
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These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 65641 Physical Evidence 2 AND 65642 Forensic Toxicology 2 AND 91141 Biological Evidence


This subject builds upon the discipline knowledge and skills developed in 65412 Physical Evidence, 65544 Chemical Criminalistics and 65342 Crime Scene Investigation. This subject is designed as an advanced practical course where the students apply techniques and principles gained in previous forensic subjects to process a mock case from the investigation of the crime scene to the writing of an expert witness report. It aims to familiarise the students with the management of a complex forensic case involving more than one type of traces. It is a practice-oriented subject involving crime scene investigation, forensic analysis of various types of traces previously studied (i.e. glass, soil, paint, fibres, hairs, documents, fingermarks, tool marks, shoe marks, bullets and cartridge cases), results interpretation, and preparation of expert witness reports. The practice in the laboratory is complemented by various workshops, group discussions and presentations by guest speakers working in the field of forensic science.

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Autumn session, City campus

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