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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 considerations. 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.

Summary 2020

Unit name Forensic Practice
Unit code HSP217
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management

Roberta Julian

Teaching staff

A/Prof Roberta Julian and Brianna O'Shea teaching this unit for TP3 cohort otherwise delivered at the Police Academy by Tasmania Police instructors

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

39 hours delivered face-to face at the Tasmania Police Academy


1,500 word written assignment (20%), 2 one-hour tests (15% ea = 30%), practical scenario assessments (25%), 1 one-hour final written examination (25%)

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