Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitVictorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
OfferedSouthbank First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Katherine Davey


Practitioners need to be familiar with the scope and limitations of the various branches of forensic science to know when and how they may assist in particular cases. Topics to be covered include the principles of forensic science, forensic biology, forensic botany, crime scene examination, specimen collections, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology and forensic entomology.


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. show familiarity with the principles of forensic science generally and its scope;
  2. comprehend the scope and limitations of forensic science generally and its subsections in particular;
  3. understand the tests and analyses used in braches of forensic science to assist in the proper application of their results in particular cases;
  4. know what specimens would be applicable for forensic science analysis in particular cases;
  5. demonstrate competence in the collection storage and security of forensic specimens;
  6. evaluate results of forensic scientific analysis meaningfully.


Assignments / Essays (25%)
Case Studies (15%)
Presentations (10%)
Casebook Workbook (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop