Courses & Units

Forensic Practice HSP217



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
science, e-
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
and fire.


Unit name Forensic Practice
Unit code HSP217
Credit points 12.5
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
Level Intermediate


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 Spring school 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


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Key Dates

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
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Police Study Period 1 3/1/2022 1/12/2022 5/12/2022 25/6/2023
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Spring school 24/10/2022 8/11/2022 1/12/2022 8/1/2023
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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
019903 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • 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

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3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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AssessmentEssay (20%)|Direct Observations of Clinical Encounters (DOCEs) (30%)|Examination - invigilated (internally) (25%)|Simulation (25%)
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