Bachelor of Forensic Science
Course summary for current students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Forensic Science|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Duration||3 years full time or part time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||073106G|
|Deakin course code||S324|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Career opportunities
- Fees and charges
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Details of major sequences
Deakin's Bachelor of Forensic Science aims to provide formal training in the skills and techniques essential to modern forensic science, including the examination and presentation of scientific evidence.
The course combines studies in biology, chemistry, biochemical and chemical analysis, statistical analysis and molecular biology. You will also undertake studies in criminology, including the examination and interpretation of evidence and courtroom skills.
The course has extensive industry links with local and Australian forensic organisations, and features guest lecturers and site visits in collaboration with leading forensic organisations.
Graduates may also have the opportunity to go on to further study and enter honours and postgraduate programs.
Students and graduates of this course are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
The Bachelor of Forensic Science has been professionally accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
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
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 Paying||International Fee Paying|
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.
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.
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point)|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences|
|SLE112||Fundamentals of Forensic Science|
|ACR102||Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice|
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|SLE213||Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles|
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|SLE313||Forensic Analysis and Interpretation|
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
Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry in addition to the core unit requirements:
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.
|SLE211||Principles of Physiology|
|SLE356||Advanced Topics in Forensic Biology (Tri-3)|
|SLE340||Genomes and Bioinformatics|
* Already core units in the degree.
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.
|SLE210||Chemistry the Enabling Science|
|SLE229||Introduction to Separation Science|
|SLE318||Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry|