Analytical and Forensic Science

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Analytical and Forensic Science

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Forensic Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 54 further points from Science Schedule C

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to analytical techniques in modern forensic science. The analysis of physical and biological evidence and the role of science in the judicial system.

    Learning Outcomes
    - An understanding of how science is applied in support of the legal system
    - Mastery of the scientific concepts underlying the major analytical methods of chemical analysis as applied in forensic casework
    - Critical analysis and assessment of scientific evidence
    - A tested understanding of the application of these concepts to practical situations such as material analysis

    Saferstein, Richard, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Global Edition, Pearson Education Limited

    Highly Recommended:
    Bell, Suzanne, Forensic Chemistry 2E, PearsonJackson, Andrew R. W., Forensics Science 3E, Prentice Hall

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