Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology

This degree has been designed specifically to acquaint students with current developments in basic forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology
Award abbreviation
GradCertForAnth
Course code
72280
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences
CRICOS code
093805D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Fees
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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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Choose either FNSC4497 or FNSC5516

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1FNSC5611Ethics and Research Methods in Forensic Science
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; practicals: 1–2 hours per week; seminars: 6 x 2 hours
S1FNSC5612Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology 72280 or the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology 72380 or the Master of Forensic Anthropology 72580
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures and labs: 40 hours (2–3 hours per week)

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AFNSC4497Bio-Archaeology Fieldschool
Prerequisites:
NIL
Co-requisites:
NIL
Incompatibility:
NIL
3 weeks full-time international field work (150 hours)
S2FNSC5515Molecular Osteology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (72280) Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380) or Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 8 x 1.5 hours; tutorials: 8 x 1.5 hours; lab work: approximately 2 hours per week
S1FNSC5516Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (72280), Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380) or Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 8 x 1.5 hrs; tutorials: 8 x 1.5 hrs
S1FNSC5614Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (72280) Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380) or Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/tutorials/practicals/a final examination: 50–60 hours
S2FNSC5615Medicolegal Death Investigation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FNSC8503 Forensic Pathology, FNSC8561 Forensic Entomology
lectures: 2–3 hours per week; labs: approx. 2–3 hours per week.
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FNSC5620 Expert Testimony Part 1, FNSC5621 Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1
workshops: 4 full days; mock court: 2 full days (1 as an observer, 1 assessed), practical work 2-3 hours per week.
S2FNSC5626Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
Prerequisites:
FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 9 x 3 hours per week; practicals: 9 x 3 hours per week

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

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. 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)
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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.