Course Title: Biomedical and Forensic Photography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical and Forensic Photography

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2012


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Adjunct Professor Gale Spring

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7743

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.1.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments made via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no specific pre-requisites courses (subjects), however, there is assumed an advanced knowledge of technical photography or relevant industry experience. This is not an introductory course. Students are expected to have access to some basic photography equipment. Specialist equipment will be provided.

Course Description

Biomedical and Forensic  Photography is designed with emphasis on practical applications of proper documentation and techniques used to record images and data in hospital, laboratory, forensic and biological field environments.

You will develop skills in the production of images typical of the duties of the practitioner in these professional areas. You will produce a final portfolio with appropriate documentation to be presented to industry assessors.

The procedures, protocols, techniques and skills learned in the course supports the fundamental skills and knowledge required for anyone engaged in biomedical and forensic photography as well as general areas of science.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of the course you should be capable of:

  • Identifying proper basic equipement for use in biomedical and forensic photography
  • Understanding and implementing instructions for the creation of biomedical and forensic images
  • Properly exposing and displaying images for scientific purposes
  • Using basic , as well as, some specialised photographic equipment to solve visual problems

At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:

  • Produce photographs acceptable to use for biomedical and forensic documentation
  • Follow established procedures and protocol when handling and photographing biomedical/forensic specimens
  • Use proper terminology when discussing scientific imaging
  • Select  appropriate equipment and processes to properly document biomedical and forensic specimens
  • Properly produce and interpret photographs with respect to perspective, scale and lighting
  • Discuss and follow safety procedures in handling equipment, patients, evidence and biological specimens
  • Question, clarify and interpret verbal requests

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered through weekly lectures, tutorials and/or industry presentations and site visits. Some classes will be held at off-campus sites and may require transportation. It is expected that the student will participate in all activities including discussions in class. The student is also encouraged to use industry mentors where available.

Most lab/studio work will be conducted at the RMIT Bundoora Campus. All assignments have the ability to be completed in class and under supervision if you attend these sessions. Usually, explanations in the form of mini-tutorials/lectures (lectorials)  accompany the explanation of specific assignments while in the studio/lab. These are important to your undeerstanding of the assihnment and results. This will also assit you in completing the final presentation for assesment.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no specific text for this course. A list of relevant reference books and appropriate web sites will be provided as a handout as well as posted on the course Blackboard. Extensive handouts will be made available through Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on the successful submission of practical assignments with appropriate written technical documentation and commentary. All assignments must be completed to pass the course. Each part of the assessment is a hurdle (you must pass). The final submission will be in electronic form in a presentation package such as Powerpoint, Keynote or PDF. It will include all components of all assignments.