PATHOL 3100 - Topics in Forensic Sciences
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code PATHOL 3100 Course Topics in Forensic Sciences Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PATHOL 3003 Restrictions Available to B Health Sci & B Sc Course Description The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of a variety of topics within the area of forensic sciences including pathology, toxicology, anthropology and odontology. It is not intended to provided students with a detailed knowledge of any of these areas, but rather provide insight into how they may be used to investigate crime. Topics to be covered include the changes in the body with death and decomposition; the pathology of wounds; burns; disaster victim identification; sudden death in children and adults; medical misadventure and drug related deaths. A background knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology is expected.
Course Coordinator: Professor Roger ByardCourse Coordinator: Roger Byard
Phone: +61 8 8313 4274
Location: Room N304, Medical School North
Course Coordinator: Carl Winskog
Phone: +61 8 8313 1521
Location: Room N321, Medical School North
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Ability to analyse specific problems and explain the relevant issues in a small group setting.
1 Describe the basis of forensic science and pathology and how these areas interact with the law 2 Describe the terminology used in forensic practice 3 Describe basic court structure, certain legal issues and evidence delivery. 4 Describe and discuss, on a basic level, how crime scene investigations together with forensic toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic odontology, forensic DNA analysis and illicit drug analysis can support the investigation of serious crime. 5 Outline types and features of natural and unnatural deaths, including those due to:
• Medical conditions
• Accidental deaths
• Sudden infant death syndrome
6 Explain how pathological processes can be integrated into the investigation of suspicious and non-suspicious deaths 7 Describe the process of disaster victim identification as it was applied after the Bali bombings and the Thailand tsunami. 8 Recognise features of injuries and to develop a knowledge of injury patterns and types including those due to:
9 Source and reference relevant information from the literature. 10 Analyse specific problems and explain the relevant issues in a small group setting.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
9 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Simpson K, Shepherd, R. Simpson’s Forensic Medicine. 13th Edition. Edward Arnold, 2011.
Prahlow, Joseph A, Byard, Roger W. Atlas of Forensic Pathology. Springer, 2011.
(available through the Adelaide University library)
Recommended ResourcesRECOMMENDED RESOURCES
Recommended textbooks (available through the Adelaide University library) are:
Byard RW. Sudden Death in the Young. 3rd Ed. Cambridge University Press. 2010.
Payne-James J, Byard RW. Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Academic Press, 2016.
Siegel JA, Knupfer GC, Saukko PJ. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences 3 Volumes. Academic Press, 2000, (also electronic).
Payne-James J, Busuttil A, Smock W. Forensic Medicine. Greenwich Medical Media , 2002.
Online LearningThere are a wide range of forensic orientated web sites:
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
National Association of Medical Examiners
National Board of Medical Examiners
National Institute of Forensic Science
Forensic Anthropology Centre, The University of Tennessee, United States. http://web.utk.edu/~anthrop?FACwhatis.html
The Society of Forensic Toxicologists
American Board of Forensic Odontology
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLecture sessions
There will be two lecture sessions per week commencing promptly at 10 minutes past the hour and lasting for 40 to 50 minutes.
A lecture will be presented in most sessions. Lecture notes will be available online at www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au. No printed handouts will be distributed at lectures.
If you do not understand any part of a lecture, do not hesitate to ask for clarification from the lecturer either during the lecture, afterwards or via email.
Lecture notes only aim to provide an outline of a topic. Further reading of a textbook is expected for you to gain wider and deeper knowledge and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are reminded that the overall workload for a full time student as stated in the University of Adelaide Calendar is an average of 48 hours per week per teaching period (i.e. semester). This includes contact and noncontact hours and includes general study and research time for assignments.
Topics in Forensic Sciences is a 3 unit course and thus represents a quarter of a full time load. You should thus be putting in an average of 12 hours of study each week (including contact hours) for this course.
Each week you are expected to
• attend teaching sessions
• work on assignments and assessments
• read relevant sections of textbooks that relate to lecture and practical material, ensuring that you understand the information, and taking additional notes as necessary
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Intro and SIDS Introduction – crime, injury, and death
SIDS and natural sudden death in the young
Week 2 Injury Injury – classification and overview
Bombs, blasts and bullets
Week 3 Pathology Forensic science – an overview
Forensic pathology and changes after death
Week 4 Drowning
Diving and Drowning
An approach to sexual assault
Week 5 CSI
Crime scene investigation – a police perspective
Clandestine laboratories and illicit drugs
Week 6 The legal system The coroner, the act and the system
Courts and expert evidence
Week 7 Burns
Homicides, suicide and accidental death
Burns, hyperthermia and hypothermia
Homicides, suicides and accidents in adults
Week 8 Sudden Adult death
Sudden natural death in adults
Week 9 Electrocution
Week 10 Anthropology
DNA and CSI
Week 11 Odontology
Disaster victim identification
Week 12 Death and Injury in the young Unnatural deaths and injury in the young
Specific Course Requirements
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Two (2) Assignments to be completed during the semester (25% each) Summative 50% 1-10 Theory examination at the end of semester Summative 50% 1-10
Assessment Related RequirementsThe end of semester examination will comprise a 4 hour session.
In order to pass Topics in Forensic Science, students are required to achieve an overall grade of at least 50% for the course. Students not meeting this requirement will be awarded a fail grade unless they are offered a replacement examination.
In order to pass Topics in Forensic Science students are required to have completed every section of the assessment. Students failing to meet these requirements may fail outright.
On Medical or Compassionate Grounds
To request a replacement examination on Medical or Compassionate grounds, appropriate forms should be obtained from your faculty office or the appropriate web site, completed and submitted in the appropriate time frame. Students are advised to refer to the university’s website and policy on replacement examination. The academic staff will make the final decision regarding the offer of a supplementary examination. Sitting a replacement examination offered on this basis will result in a formal mark being awarded, i.e. pass, credit or distinction. Both written theory and practical replacement examinations may be offered.
On Academic Grounds
Replacement examinations will be offered to selected students on academic grounds. Those sitting replacement examinations on academic grounds will be required to achieve a grade of at least 50% in a written theory supplementary examination to pass the course. Successful completion of replacement examinations offered on this basis can only result in a final mark for the course of 50%.
Replacement examinations are held during the official replacement examination period and students are expected to be available to sit supplementary examinations at this time. Students who are offered a replacement examination, but who fail to sit on the set date and time without satisfactory medical or compassionate reasons submitted in writing (see above), will be deemed to have failed Topics in Forensic Sciences.
The assignments will consist of variable questions in different formats. The end of semester examination will also be comprised of variable questions in different formats. Assignment 1 and 2 will be available during the semester. Time restraints will be applied.
Please ensure that you have read the University’s Policy on Plagiarism. It is each student’s responsibility to read and follow the instructions distributed by the university, school and discipline, including course guides and those related to assessment tasks. These include referencing requirements. Ignorance of appropriate practices, carelessness in note taking and referencing, and finishing an assignment in a hurry are not excuses for inappropriate referencing.
Students will be required to complete two assignments during the course. These will be made available on MyUni at different times during the semester as specified in the course timetable. Assignments should be submitted by 5:00pm on the due date.
Penalties will apply for late submission of assignments unless an extension with appropriate reasons and supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificate) is requested from the course coordinator before the due date and time of submission. Otherwise, submission up to 3 days late will result in a loss of 50% of your assignment mark and submission later than this will result in no marks being awarded.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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