FNSC5516 Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with basic knowledge, and practical experience, in the following concepts and principles: (1) basic knowledge of the growth and anatomy of the human skeleton (bones and teeth); (2) applications of radiography in forensic odontology; (3) the use of rugae, lip prints and facial superimposition in the identification process; (4) different ageing methods used by the forensic odontologist; (5) the role of the forensic odontologist in disaster victim identification (DVI); and (6) bite mark analysis.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate competence in skeletal and dental biology; (2) identify suitable age estimation methods based on skeletal and/or dental analysis; (3) explain the role of the anthropologist in DVI; and (4) resolve bone commingling of multiple individuals of different ages.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) laboratory work; and (3) mini theory and practical examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology (72280), Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology (72380)
Master of Forensic Anthropology (72580)
Contact hours
lectures: 8 x 1.5 hrs; tutorials: 8 x 1.5 hrs
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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