Bachelor of Forensic Science

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Forensic Science
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full time or part time equivalent
CRICOS course code073106G
Deakin course codeS324

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study forensic science at Deakin and you’ll get formal training across the full scope of modern forensic science, acquiring skills and authentic experiences from ‘crime scene to court’ by spending time in our unique crime scene training facility. Deakin is the first university in Australia, and the only university in the Asia-Pacific region, to offer a professionally-accredited forensic science course.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Forensic Science combines studies in biology, chemistry, biochemical and chemical analysis, statistical analysis, and molecular biology. You’ll learn how to apply forensic analysis including chemical, biological and physical techniques while also learning about the Australian legal system, including how law is developed, criminal and civil law, and the laws of evidence.

When you study forensic science at Deakin you’ll also undertake studies in criminology, including the examination, interpretation and presentation of evidence.

You’ll cover forensic chemistry and toxicology, arson and explosives investigations, analysis of illicit drugs, forensic toxicology and acquire courtroom skills.

The course has extensive industry links with local and Australian forensic organisations, and features guest speakers and site visits in collaboration with leading forensic organisations.

The Bachelor of Forensic Science is professionally accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (ANZFSS). Graduates of the course can expect to find work in areas such as forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, in government institutions and within chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Forensic Science has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Forensic Science, career opportunities exist in forensics, insurance investigation, risk analysis, research science, in government institutions and in chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

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
$8,328Not applicable$31,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 11 core units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 6 credit points at level 3 (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)
  • Completion of a major sequence in either: Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Biology

With careful planning, students may use up to eight of their remaining electives on units offered outside the Faculty such as units in Criminology, for example.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SLE112Fundamentals of Forensic Science

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice


 Level 2 - Trimester 1

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE213Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE208Forensic Biology


Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE313Forensic Analysis and Interpretation

Electives

Select from a range of electives offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Details of major sequences

Forensic Biology

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-S000049


Overview

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.

Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry in addition to the core unit requirements.


Units

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

Campuses

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-SU00015


Overview

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.

Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry in addition to the core unit requirements.


 Units

SLE210Chemistry the Enabling Science

SLE214Organic Chemistry

SLE229Introduction to Separation Science

SLE316Analytical Chemistry

SLE318Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

SLE312Toxicology