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SLE112 - Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Michelle Harvey





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Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 3 x 2 hour practical sessions per trimester


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit includes a general introduction to forensic science including an overview of forensic science in Australia; principles of forensic science including Locard's Exchange Principle, Principle of Individuality, comparative analysis, class and individual characteristics; overview of the forensic process from crime scene to court; introduction to forensic analysis including chemical, biological and physical techniques; introduction to the legal system including how law is developed, criminal vs. civil law, the laws of evidence.


Two class tests (25% each) 50%, two assignments (10% each) 20%, three laboratory reports (10% each) 30%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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