ODONT 6018 - Integrated Forensic Science

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science. This subject aims to introduce the students to the range of forensic disciplines used by police and legal services. The student will develop an understanding of the overall management of a crime investigation, and an awareness of the place of forensic odontology in an investigation. The importance of teamwork will be emphasized.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ODONT 6018
    Course Integrated Forensic Science
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Forensic Odontology students only
    Course Description Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of forensic science. This subject aims to introduce the students to the range of forensic disciplines used by police and legal services. The student will develop an understanding of the overall management of a crime investigation, and an awareness of the place of forensic odontology in an investigation. The importance of teamwork will be emphasized.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Denice Higgins

    Director and Senior Specialist Odontologist
    Forensic Odontology Unit/ Adelaide Dental School
    Helen Mayo South, North Terrace Campus

    Phone:  8313 6292
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Gain knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the forensic sciences and the law

    2. Understand the methods and principals of forensic investigations and how forensic science can be applied in criminal investigations.

    3. Explain at an introductory level the organisational structures and procedures within forensic sciences

    4. Use and understand the basic terminology for forensic science correctly and contextually

    5. Gain a basic understanding of the history of forensic sciences and how forensic sciences in the real world differs from the forensic sciences in fictional depictions.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Details will be made available in MyUni.

    Recommended Resources
    Full details will be made available in MyUni.
    Online Learning

    Lectures published in Articulate Storyline will be made available in My Uni.

    This course will include use of Discussion Boards and lecture recordings

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly lecture and seminar

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 Units
    Learning Activities Summary

    Attend and participate in weekly seminar program

    Attend Topics in Forensic Science and Anthropology Lectures

    Attend and document 2 Court visits

    Attend and document 2 medical autopsies
    Specific Course Requirements

    Only available to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Document 2 Court visits

    Document 2 medical autopsies


    Task Sheet
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Full details are available in MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Documentation of court visits and autopsies graded out of 10 (Total of 40)

    Essay graded out of 30

    Task sheet graded out of 30
    Hard copies of all assessment items
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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