Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Forensic Science / Bachelor of Criminology|
|Campus||Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
4 years full time or part-time equivalent
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Faculty of Arts and Education
|VTAC Codes||1400315561 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||075455D|
|Deakin course code||D329|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
Explore the nature of crime and the science behind the collection, examination and presentation of evidence with this combined degree in criminology and forensic science. You’ll discover what’s behind criminal behaviour, learn valuable courtroom skills and get hands-on experience examining evidence in simulated crime scenes.
Criminology is the study of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour. Forensic science is an applied science concerned with the law and legal proceedings and can include specialist areas such as crime scene investigation, forensic medicine and lab sciences.
Led by a team of highly experienced criminology and forensic science experts, you’ll learn about the many interrelated concepts that underpin these professional areas where the law meets science.
The combined degree draws from both the arts and science disciplines. It’s designed to give you a broad appreciation of the professional, social, economic and cultural contexts of why crimes are committed and teach you how to examine evidence for the purposes of legal proceedings.
In the forensic science stream you can choose to focus your studies by completing a major sequences in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry. The course covers forensic chemistry and toxicology including trace chemical evidence, arson and explosives investigations, analysis of illicit drugs and forensic toxicology reporting. Our purpose-built crime scene facility lets you examine evidence and identify illegal products and endangered species. You’ll also learn how to apply forensic analysis including chemical, biological and physical techniques.
In the criminology stream you’ll take a close look at the nature of crime, investigating why crimes are committed. You’ll explore the various theoretical approaches that shape our understanding of crime in contemporary society and how communities respond to criminal behaviour. You’ll examine the criminal justice system from a sociological perspective, explore crime prevention and security, criminal and civil law and the laws of evidence.
This double degree prepares you for careers in criminology, forensic science and forensic criminology. You might choose to work in crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, military services or criminal justice research. Other specialist areas you can explore include forensic sociology, criminal psychology and forensic investigation.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). The Bachelor of Forensic Science component of the combined course is also accredited with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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.
Course Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.
To complete the Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology, students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 32 credit points, you’ll need to study 32 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
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.
Bachelor of Forensic Science major sequences
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Bachelor of Forensic Science
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE133||Chemistry in Our World|
|SLE112||Fundamentals of Forensic Science|
|SLE132||Biology: Form and Function|
|SLE155||Chemistry for the Professional Sciences|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
|SLE208||Forensic Biology #|
|SLE213||Introduction to Spectroscopic Principles|
|SLE313||Forensic Analysis and Interpretation|
Students must complete a major sequence in either Forensic Biology or Forensic Chemistry on top of the core unit requirements.
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
Bachelor of Criminology units
|ACR101||Introducing Crime and Criminology|
|ACR102||Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice|
|ACR201||Issues in Criminal Justice|
|ACR301||International and Comparative Criminal Justice|
|ACR203||Crime, Victims and Justice|
|ACR211||Crime Prevention and Security **|
|ACR212||Crime, Surveillance and Technology *|
|ACR213||Crime, Terrorism and Security *|
|ACR204||Crime, Media and Justice|
|ACR210||Crime, 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)
Select from a range of elective units 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).
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.
Credit for prior learning - general
The Faculty may give credit towards a BSc for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience. This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course at another institution. All applications for advanced standing must be made initially to the Selection/Enrolment Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures.
All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request. For the BSc the maximum credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include up to 8 credits for non-science studies.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.
|Bachelor of Criminology (A329)|
|Bachelor of Forensic Science (S324)|
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.