FOR5010 - Project in forensic medicine - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine



Prof Richard Bassed

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: amendment to unit coordinator and chief examiner.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


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.


  • Research Methodology (10%)
  • Literature Review (20%)
  • Written Project with Outcomes (40%) (hurdle )
  • Presentation (30%)

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.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


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

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