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This unit is taken as part of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology and is taken in conjunction with DENT5653 Forensic Medicine. It provides an overview of the history of forensic odontology, protocols of the mortuary and crime scene, the medico-legal autopsy, post-mortem changes, significance of saliva, semen, cytology and DNA fingerprinting, non-biological methods of identification, the biodynamics of craniofacial injuries, disaster victim identification (DVI), physical anthropology investigation and forensic photography. The unit emphasises oral histology and pathology and the scientific aspects of these topics.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2023 UWA (Perth) Face to face
Students are able to (1) understand the process of body decomposition; (2) demonstrate skills in evaluating injuries resulting in death; (3) demonstrate the ability to evaluate bite marks; (4) use effective communication skills with colleagues and allied personnel such as pathologists; (5) understand and apply mortuary protocols and policies; and (6) demonstrate skills in mortuary procedures.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment work; (2) one written examination (1.5 hours); and (3) a viva voce examination (45 minutes). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Stephen Knott
- Unit rules
- Bachelor of Dental Science from this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.
and at least two years' experience in the practice of general dentistry
- enrolment inthe Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology (91350).
and DENT5653 Forensic Medicine
Approved quota: 2
- Contact hours
- lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work: 60–70 hours according to mortuary casework and court attendance
An Introduction to SEM, DVD tutorial
Bass, W. M. Human Osteology: a Laboratory and Field Manual: Missouri Archaeological Society 1987
Blau, S. and Ubelaker, D., eds. Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology: Left Coast Press 2009
Dolinak, D. et al. Forensic Pathology: Principles and Practice: Elsevier Academic Press 2005
Finkbeiner, W. E. et al. Autopsy Pathology: a Manual and Atlas, 2nd edn: Churchill Livingstone 2004
Flegler, S. L. et al. Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy: an Introduction: W. H. Freeman 1993
Haglund, W. D. and Sorg, M. H., eds. Forensic Taphonomy: the Post-Mortem Fate of Human Remains: CRC Press 1997
Krogman, W. M. and Iscar, M. Y. The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine, 2nd edn: Charles Thomas Publishing 1986
Pickering, R. B. and Bachman, D. C. The Use of Forensic Anthropology: CRC Press 1996
White, T. D. Human Osteology: Academic Press 2000
Rogers, S. L. The Testimony of Teeth: Forensic Aspects of Human Dentition: C. C. Thomas 1988
Saukko, P. and Knight, B. Knight's Forensic Pathology, 3rd edn: OUP 2004
Scott, G. R. and Turner, C. G. The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth: CUP 1997
Scott, J. H. and Dixon, A. D. Anatomy for Students of Dentistry, 2nd edn: Livingstone Press 1966
Standish, M. S. and Stimson, P. G., eds. Symposium on Forensic Dentistry: Legal Obligations and Methods of Identification for the Practitioner: Saunders 1977
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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.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.