Courses & Units

Forensic Practice HSP217

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


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 Kate Cashman
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


This unit is currently unavailable.


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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).
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not applicable

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