UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Forensic Anthropology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Forensic Anthropology has been designed specifically for students to gain knowledge in current developments in forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology. The degree will enable students to undertake advanced studies in forensic anthropolgy. There is considerable diversity of research related to forensic anthropology, ranging from traditional morphometrics through to computer-graphic facial reconstruction.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Forensic Anthropology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMForAnth
Course code72580
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code033770G
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Daniel Franklin

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Please see the Master of Forensic Anthropology study plan from the Faculty of Science for further information on the course structure.

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take all units (42 points):

S1FNSC5515Molecular Osteology
S1FNSC5516Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
S2FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

NSFNSC4497Bio-Archaeology Fieldschool
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (24 points).

Group B

N/AFNSC5649Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
N/AFNSC5650Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2 (12 points)

For students in course by coursework only, take all units from this group (24 points).

Group C

S1, S2FNSC5627Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2FNSC5628Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 2 (12 points)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Antropology or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 72280 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (24 points)
  • 72380 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (48 points)
  • 72580 Master of Forensic Anthropology (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Forensic Anthropology course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development and ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which theyare enrolled or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Credit

13.(1) In the case of a student other than one admitted to the course under the provisions of Rule 4(a) (i), the Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to value of 12 points for comparable units successfully completed at Level 4 or higher.

(2) Credit may be granted on the basis of—

(a) coursework of comparable level and standard completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution;

(b) subject to (3), coursework of comparable level and standard completed through Continuing Education at this University considered by the Faculty to be comparable to Level 4 or Level 5 units;

and/or

(c) subject to (4), work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions considered by the Faculty to be comparable to Level 4 or Level 5 units.

(3) Credit granted in respect of work described in (2) (b) must not exceed six points.

(4) Credit granted in respect of work described in (2) (c) must not exceed six points.