Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060342C
Deakin course codeS401
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Enhance your undergraduate qualifications and gain valuable research skills with an honours year in forensic science. This course is designed to broaden your knowledge, give you a competitive edge in the job market, and pave the way for possible further study in forensic science.

Honours is an optional specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies. You’ll refine your analytical and research skills while expanding employment and study options. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of the discipline of forensic science through research, additional coursework, and training in research techniques.

You’ll get formal training in the skills and techniques needed for modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence to solve crimes.

Our teaching and research staff are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experiences. Much of Deakin's research in forensic science is conducted in partnership with government departments, private agencies, and leading international scientists, and is funded by nationally and international grants.

As a graduate of this course you’ll have a distinct advantage when applying for roles in areas such as forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, government institutions and within chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.

Career opportunities

A Forensic Science degree is a great way for you to start a career in science.  In addition to the normal wide range of job opportunities, this degree sharpens your communication skills and opens new doors into fields such as risk analysis, insurance investigation, and, of course, forensic science.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one of biological science, biomedical science, environmental science, forensic science, or mathematics.

Communication

Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.

Digital literacy

Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.

Problem solving

Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.

Self-management

Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical behaviour in research.

Teamwork

Work independently and/or collaboratively within a research team, receiving advice and guidance from supervisor/s that contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Honours project.

Global citizenship

Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with stakeholders to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points include:

  • 5 core units within your chosen specialisation (three of these core units are worth 2 credit points each)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

 

Course structure

Core

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

Choose one of the following specialisations:

Forensic Biology - unit set code SP-S000078

SLE452Research Design and Data Analysis (B, G, W)

SLE454Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

SLE420Honours Biology Research 1 (2 credit points)

SLE422Honours Biology Research 2 (2 credit points)

SLE423Honours Biology Research 3 (2 credit points)

Forensic Chemistry  - unit set code SP-S000079

SLE430Honours Chemistry Research 1 (2 credit points)

SLE432Honours Chemistry Research 2 (2 credit points)

SLE433Honour Chemistry Research 3 (2 credit points)

SLE453Advanced Topics in Chemistry

SLE454Advanced Topics in Forensic Science


Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.