Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration

4 years full time or part-time equivalent

CRICOS course code075455D
Deakin course codeD329

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University’s Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology is the only combined course in Victoria which provides the opportunity to study forensic science and criminology as a combined course.

The course has been designed to enable graduates to work both in specialised fields and across professional boundaries. It is contemporary and relevant, with teaching staff who are active researchers in their respective fields. 

You will learn both arts and science traditions, giving you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of the forensic science and criminology disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence and courtroom skills. The course will also give you practical, professional training to enable you to study critical analysis in the fields of policing, security, corrections, crime prevention and community safety, and various paralegal fields.

In your forensic science studies you can choose to major in Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. Other areas of study in the course include topics such as forensic analysis and interpretation, the criminal justice system, crime prevention and security, and designing and conducting criminological research.

Graduates may also have the opportunity to go on to further study and enter honours and postgraduate programs.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC). The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you may find employment opportunities as a forensic scientist, criminologist or related role, in both the public and private sector, including areas such as the forensic science industry, science-based industries, teaching, government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$7,946Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

This combined course comprises 32 credit points of study. Students will undertake 16 credit point in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment and 16 credit points in the Faculty of Arts and Education course-grouped units. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324) and Bachelor of Criminology (A329) must be satisfied.

Forensic Science requirements (16 cp):

  • At least 16 credit points of Science course-grouped units;
  • 10 credit points of core Forensic Science units (plus 1 other core units shared with Criminology – ACR102);
  • Successful completion of SLE010 – Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp);
  • Successful completion of a major sequence in either Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology;
  • At least 4 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 3;
  • Up to 6 credit points of Science course-grouped units at level 1.

 Criminology requirements (16 cp):

  • Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Forensic Chemistry
Forensic Biology

Course structure

Bachelor of Forensic Science

Core Units

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program ^

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SLE112Fundamentals of Forensic Science

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE208Forensic Biology

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

 

Bachelor of Criminology units

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security **

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security *

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society **

* ACR212, ACR213 Trimester 1 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

** ACR210, ACR211 Trimester 3 (alternate years 2014, 2016) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

^ SLE010 is a 0-credit-point compulsory unit

 

Details of major sequences

Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry on top of the core unit requirements:

Forensic Biology - unit set code MJ-S000049

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

The forensic biology major aims to provide you with the specific biological skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These biological-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.   Study in this area may lead to a career based on entomology, human anatomy and DNA based forensic science.

SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE212Biochemistry *

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE254Genetics

SLE356Advanced Topics in Forensic Biology (Tri-3)

SLE340Genomes and Bioinformatics

* Already core units in the degree.

Forensic Chemistry - unit set code MJ-SU00015

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

The forensic chemistry major aims to provide you with the specific chemistry skills that are very important in the forensic science workplace. These chemically-based skills complement the generic forensic science attributes developed in the core units of the course.  Study in this area may lead to a career based on toxicology, drug detection and chemical detection.

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

SLE316Analytical Chemistry

SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

SLE312Toxicology