Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine


Professor Olaf Drummer



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This unit offers students the opportunity to apply and consolidate the knowledge and professional skills that they have acquired through the course within the practical context of forensic medicine. It requires independent learning and research by the student while fostering practical knowledge and skills related to the student's field of activity. Students undertake a project with a forensic medicine/ odontology focus, in the area which they choose but relevant to applications in forensic medicine and, where applicable, have appropriate ethics approval.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to

  1. Complete the collection of data in accordance with the norms of research informed investigation and the boundaries of any ethics approval.
  2. Organise, analyse and interpret data meaningfully and according to research norms.
  3. Synthesise critical arguments in relation to the existing literature about the topic.
  4. Demonstrate writing skills that meet the academic standards associated with a research informed investigation.
  5. Communicate research findings to a wider professional audience.
  6. Effectively manage time and resources to achieve pre-determined goals.


Project (6,000 words) (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Olaf Drummer, Dr Richard Bassed

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Distinction level pass in the following: FOR4001, FOR4002, FOR4003, FOR4004

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