SLE112 - Fundamentals of Forensic Science


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: SBF111
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with: SLEM112
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 3 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester.


SLE112 is a fundamental forensics unit, during which students will explore forensic science in an Australian context and learn the challenges and differences of forensic science in a global context. This includes some of the key principles used to study the science, including Locard's exchange principle, principle of individuality, comparative analysis, and class and individual characteristics. Students will engage in activities that will require them to apply forensic processes from a forensic laboratory to the court. It will also require them to apply introductory forensic analysis including chemical, biological, and physical techniques and learn about the legal system including the laws of evidence and the role of the forensic scientist as an expert witness.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the practical report and practical skills demonstration assessment.

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