UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation

This course is designed for professionals (lawyers, police and others) working in the justice system. It focuses on forensic and scientific issues encountered during an investigation. Specifically, the course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of (forensic) science; a basic understanding of some of the more common fields (e.g. DNA, psychology, trace evidence); and the skills to critically evaluate and challenge expert evidence.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Certificate in Forensic Investigation
Award abbreviationGradCertForInv
Course code52210
Course typepostgraduate certificate
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
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Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typepart-time only
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 years
Time limit2 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Winthrop Professor Ian Dadour

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:
N/A = not available in 2017

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.

Take all units (24 points):

N/AFNSC5508Introduction to Forensic Science
N/AFNSC5518Forensic Science and Policing
N/AFNSC5519Forensic DNA and the Law
 FNSC5520Criminal Behaviour

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

(ii) relevant qualifications and experience considered by UWA to be equivalent to (a) (i);

and

(b) a current National Police Certificate1, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal conviction;

and

(c) a current certificate of tetanus protection.

1Currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

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 they are 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. Student who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.