JYU0011 - Forensic Science: An Introduction

    Unit code: JYU0011 | Study level: TAFE
    City Campus
    Footscray Park
    JQU0018 - Human Biology
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This Forensic Science unit of study encourages students to think critically about scientific issues in a range of science disciplines. Through case studies and hands-on experience students will explore a range of topics including, forensic science, tools and techniques used to study DNA, our immune system and vaccines. Students will perform laboratory procedures including conducting experiments, collecting and recording data and how to write laboratory reports. As an introduction to engaging with scientific thinking, students will use appropriate technology, engage with the language used in Science and be exposed to a range of investigative methods. This unit of study will provide a foundation in the essential knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical science skills to facilitate study in higher education.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of Chemistry and Biology in Forensic Science
    2. Conduct and plan appropriate scientific investigations, using equipment and materials safely.
    3. Analyse data to make sound evidence-based decisions on specific case studies.
    4. Use reasoning and scientific terminology to communicate and construct scientific arguments and conclusions based on a range of media.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 20%
    Collection of evidence, pictures, research and data from investigations submitted in a portfolio.
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 40%
    Multiple choice and short answer questions.
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    In class under supervised conditions (x 2).

    Required reading

    Course notes embedded within LMS (VU Collaborate), Open Educational Resources, Laboratory Exercises, Journal articles, Educational Videos.

    As part of a course

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