FOR4002 - Injury interpretation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine


Dr Jo Ann Parkin

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For further information please contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator via email or phone 03 9684 4115.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


The unit focuses on the issues surrounding the interpretation of injuries. Areas include the pathophysiology of injuries with particular reference to the anatomical, physiological and pathological principles; injury classification; documentation including forensic photography; injury patterns and circumstances of causation. Students will be expected to participate with clinical and post mortem cases.


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

  1. Display an understanding of the pathophysiology of injuries.
  2. Show familiarity with the factors limiting accurate injury interpretation.
  3. Interpret the forces producing injuries.
  4. Apply the principles of forensic photography.
  5. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the classification of injuries.
  6. Be able to accurately document injuries.
  7. Analyse and interpret mechanisms and circumstances by which the injuries were sustained.


Hurdle introductory activity (0%) (hurdle)

  • Case studies (45%) (hurdle)
  • Case report (20%)
  • Institute program (20%)
  • Online case discussions (15%)

Hurdle Requirement: introductory activity; Unit Coord asks students to provide short bio outlining previous & current experience/work etc

Workload requirements

It is expected that students will need to undertake approximately 12 hours of study per week over the semester. This will include contact time, private study, assessment tasks (case studies, assignments) and, where possible, involvement in casework. Students are required to attend all workshops offered at the Department of Forensic Medicine during the semester.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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