CSI UQ: Introduction to Forensic Science
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
SCIE1000 and #2 level 1 Chemistry
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThe gathering and analysis of evidence is fundamental to successfully solving crime. Forensic science techniques are used extensively in police, customs and insurance investigations. Each forensic investigation is a puzzle where the first steps involve the identification and quantification of a wide variety of substances. This course examines the role of interdisciplinary scientific inquiry in the criminal investigations and introduces the most commonly used analytical techniques in forensic science, which span a range of traditional scientific disciplines including microbiology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry and genetics, to name but a few. Through case studies and hands-on experience students will learn methods for the analysis of chemical and biological materials (including DNA, blood, paint, dust, gun shot residues and documents) and investigate their use in the examination and interrogation of the evidence of crime.Course IntroductionForensic science is an interdisciplinary subject drawing on analytical techniques from chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics to name just a few. An overall knowledge of broad concepts from Law and the way the court system operates is also necessary for a successful forensic scientest. A course in Forensic sciences therefore creates a unique environment to expose students to a wide range of disciplines and types of data. By examining scientific problems commonly encountered in the criminal justice system, students will learn new analytical skills and apply them to ?real world? problems, in a manner that also reinforces and develops critical reasoning skills and an appreciation of the role of science within the broader society. The course provides an elective that will be attractive to students of any major or background and teaching generic problem-solving, critical reasoning and quantitative analytical skills that students are not directly exposed to in other courses.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact3 Hours lectures, 3 Hours workshops
- Apply critical reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills in the context of forensic science.
- Apply and understand commonly used analytical techniques.
- Apply knowledge of forensic science in the design and selection of experimental protocols
- Communicate scientific findings and analytical results in a manner suitable for interpretation by both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Appreciate the broader role of sciences in society and the way scientific reasoning is applied to problems in the context of criminal justice
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