Please note: this unit is only available to students accepted into the In-Service Pathway of 13D Bachelor of Social Sciences (Police Studies).
This unit provides an introduction to the field of forensic practice including crime scene investigation, forensic
forensics, forensic interventions in social work; the sociology of forensic science and related ethical
The unit provides an overview of the history and development of forensic investigation techniques,
as well as specific approaches and methods within the field, including the application of forensic science techniques
in practice and participation in the forensic science process from beginning-
to-end. Particular attention is given to
the impact of forensic science in crime investigation, illicit substance policing and the investigation of injuries, death
|Unit name||Forensic Practice|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Policing and Emergency Management|
|Coordinator||Doctor Katherine (Kate) Cashman|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Police Study Period 1||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Hobart||Spring school (extended)||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Hobart||Police Study Period 2||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Police Study Period 2||26/9/2022||22/12/2022||4/5/2023||3/12/2023|
|Police Study Period 1||3/1/2022||1/12/2022||5/12/2022||25/6/2023|
|Spring school (extended)||31/10/2022||23/11/2022||27/12/2022||19/2/2023|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Demonstrate knowledge of crime scene examination policies , protocols and practices.
- Identify and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the diverse types of forensic evidence employed in criminal investigations, illicit substance policing and the investigation of injuries, death and fire.
- Critically analyse the factors that contribute to good practice in the collection, analysis and use of forensic evidence from crime scenes to courts (i.e. the forensic process).
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
|Assessment||Essay (20%)|Direct Observations of Clinical Encounters (DOCEs) (30%)|Examination - invigilated (internally) (25%)|Simulation (25%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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