6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
This unit will cover the complex and diverse specialties of Forensic Medicine and Science.
This unit will cover all forensic disciplines, both medical and scientific, that are encountered in the medico-legal investigation of death and injury (deliberate and accidental).
Topics covered in the unit include; the scope of forensic medical science, clinical forensic medicine, forensic field sciences, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, forensic molecular biology, forensic toxicology, death investigation, decomposition and forensic entomology, forensic pathology, the role of the coroner and public health, and the anatomy of a murder.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Summarise the principles and scope of forensic medicine and science in their application in the Australian Criminal Justice and Coronial legal systems.
- Distinguish the application of Clinical Forensic Medical services and apply them to the Australian Criminal Justice and Coronial legal systems.
- Describe the core elements of forensic odontology, anthropology and forensic entomology and be able to expo how these specialties assist forensic medical investigations.
- Discuss the core elements of forensic toxicology and forensic molecular biology and how these science disciplines are integrated into a comprehensive death investigation service.
- Distinguish basic forensic autopsy principles in the setting of medico-legal death investigation the approaches to autopsy.
- Explain the interface between forensic pathology and other forensic medical and scientific disciplines in a team based approach to death investigation.
- Summarise the legal frameworks within which forensic practitioners work.
- Weekly quizzes (10%)
- Case study (2,400 words) (40%) (hurdle)
- Mid-semester test (10%)
- Written examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
6 hours per week of teacher directed study including a 1 hour lecture and two hour tutorial; 6 hours per week of self directed private study.
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