FOR4002 - Injury interpretation - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jo Ann Parkin
Associate Professor Richard Bassed


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 2019 (Online)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


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 will be able to:

  1. Provide a high level explanation of the pathophysiology of injuries.
  2. Critically evaluate the factors limiting accurate injury interpretation, including the interpretation of forces producing injury.
  3. Apply advanced forensic imaging skills to the principles of forensic photography.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the classification of injuries.
  5. Apply the skills required to accurately document injuries.
  6. Analyse and interpret mechanisms and circumstances by which the injuries were sustained.


  • Hurdle Activity (0%)
  • Online Discussion (15%) (1500 words)
  • Case Study 1 (20%) (1600 words)
  • Case Study 2 (20%) (1600 words)
  • Case Report (25%) (2000 words)
  • Reflective Essay (20%) (1600 words)

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

A pass in all elements of assessment is required. Students must obtain at least 50 % of the available marks for each element of assessment to pass the unit.

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

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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

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