Course Title: Forensic Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Forensic Studies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2169

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ONPS2169

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Summer2010,
Summer2011,
Summer2012,
Summer2013,
Summer2015,
UGRDFlex17

ONPS2185

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Summer2015,
Summer2016

ONPS2185

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Summer2010,
Summer2011,
Summer2012,
Summer2013

Course Coordinator: Alan Ogilvie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2401

Course Coordinator Email: alan.ogilvie@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil. 


Course Description

In this course, you will explore the impact of physical evidence on the investigation of crimes and the prosecution of criminal offences. You will learn about a variety of forensic tools available in the investigation of serious crimes. You should be aware that some graphic representations of crimes and evidence may be presented.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

 

(a) Describe the variety of forensic procedures available to criminal investigators in Australia;
(b) Evaluate the value of such forensic procedures;
(c) Identify how investigators may utilise various evidence arising from forensic examination;
(d) Analyse and describe current issues in a range of areas relating to forensic studies including relevant legislation, case law, technological advances, and ethical dilemmas;
(e) Critique the formal and informal processes of presentation of expert evidence in criminal courts and the challenge of expert testimony.


In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Effective management and use of information
  • Ethical practice


Overview of Learning Activities

 

This course is generally delivered online in a series of modules. Learning is delivered through online reading/research and online activities. There are no face to face classes associated with this form of learning however academic staff are available online, should you require assistance. The course is divided into five modules.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include class tests, quizzes, group work, peer reviewed case studies, presentations, threaded discussions, and essay writing. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. There is no formal examination in this course.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment