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FNSC5649 Forensic Anthropology Dissertation Part 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The unit is a component of the Master of Forensic Science Anthropology (72580). It is designed to provide students with practical experience in independent scientific study through the completion of a literature-based project of direct relevance to forensic anthropology. Students develop scientific writing skills by compiling a substantial scholarly dissertation on their research topic. The dissertation must be analytical but it is not essential that the student collects the original data, therefore the following strategies may be employed: (1) experimental design; (2) statistical treatment of data from other studies; (3) a compilation of information from other studies; (4) meta-analytical procedures; or (5) profiling of case studies.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate theoretical techniques related to the discipline of forensic anthropology and (2) be acquainted with with current developments in basic forensic sciences, particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application of forensic anthropology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: dissertation assessed by two external examiners - students may also be required to present their findings at a school seminar. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Forensic Science Anthropology (72580)
Contact hours
by arrangement with supervisor
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.