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FOR5003 - Understanding injuries

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Angela Williams


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit is divided into key themes surrounding pathophysiology, causation, classification, and documentation of injuries. Designed to give participants advanced skills in assessing injuries with specific regard to these themes and common injury patterns enabling them to interpret injuries and provide opinions as to their likely cause to the criminal justice system. The unit explores best practice models from national and international resources and requires the student to critically evaluate these and other journal articles provided. A national and international focus is maintained throughout as the student gains skills adaptable to professional opportunities interstate and overseas.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of injuries;
  2. Describe the limitations of accurate interpretation of injuries or the absence of injuries;
  3. Use forensic photography as an adjunctive method of documentation;
  4. Detail the classification of injuries;
  5. Critically examine the current literature surrounding injuries and injury patterns;
  6. Analyse and interpret mechanism and circumstances by which the injuries were sustained;


Workbook Activities (30%)
Case Studies (30%)
Case Presentation and Residential Participation (10%)
Assignment (30%)