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65242 Principles of Forensic Science

6cp; 4hpw
Anti-requisite(s): 65034 Introduction to Forensic Science


This subject is designed to introduce the different disciplines, principles and concepts peculiar to forensic science. It covers, in the forensic context, the following areas: history, general definitions and concepts, sub-disciplines, methodology and methods, introduction to crime scene, trace typology, function of the expert, legal system, judicial admissibility, ethical considerations, and interpretation of forensic evidence. Lectures are complemented by tutorials/workshops involving guest speakers. This is a core subject for the forensic science courses and an elective for students in other related courses.

Typical availability

Spring semester, City campus

Detailed subject description.

Fee information

  • 2015 contribution for commencing Commonwealth-supported students: $1096 (Note: Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2010 should consult the Fees Calculator by Subject for relevant student contribution charges for Commonwealth-supported students. Not all students are eligible for Commonwealth-supported places.)
  • Fees for postgraduate domestic fee-paying students and international students are charged according to the course they are enrolled in. Students should refer to the Domestic Fees Search: Postgraduate and Research or International Fees Search.
  • Subject EFTSL: 0.125

Access conditions

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