UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Intelligence

Forensic intelligence is the process of assimilating crime scene evidence within the context of indexed datasets of forensic information. Innovation in forensic methodologies is leading to greater quantities of high quality data, leading to the need to develop tools to decipher this information. In consultation with local law enforcement agencies, a gap in this area of knowledge has become evident. The proposed course in forensic intelligence was conceived for law enforcement agents or for those seeking to work in the area. The academic objectives are to develop (1) advanced knowledge of the various forms of forensic data; (2) a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles for data collection and integrity; (3) advanced knowledge of the methods, protocols and technologies that are used to gather and store information; (4) an appreciation for the use of interrelated information from various sources in contemporary policing; (5) an understanding of database architecture; (6) knowledge pertaining to analytical tools used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of information to discern meaningful patterns of criminal activity; (7) knowledge relating to the use of information to enhance elements of policing including intelligence-led operations, preventative policing and resource allocation; (8) detailed understanding of the current state of the discipline and issues relating to its use in law enforcement and legal processes; (9) knowledge of the limitations of tools used in the discipline and how they may affect the interpretation of evidence; (10) an understanding of the Australian legal system in the context of international law, as it relates to scientific or technical evidence; and (11) further practical experience in conveying complex scientific or technical evidence to a lay person in both a written and oral format.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Certificate in Forensic Intelligence
Award abbreviationGradCertForInt
Course code70270
Course typepostgraduate certificate
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 years
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Guan Tay

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

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (24 points):

N/AFNSC5504Open Source Intelligence
N/AFNSC5505Forensic Intelligence and Crime Analysis
N/AFNSC5508Introduction to Forensic Science
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science

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



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

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 Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

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


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


(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. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is 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.