FNSC5628 Forensic Anthropology Professional Project Part 2

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Students learn the principles and practice of forensic anthropology by conducting independent research. The output of the latter will take the form of a professional report formatted to the exact requirements of medico-legal practice for submission in a court of law (scientific report). Students are required to search for, and interpret, relevant literature and may also involve the formulation of experimental objectives that are tested based on their development of an appropriate methodology. The unit facilitates an understanding of how to analyse, interpret and present findings in the context of their engagement as a Forensic Anthropologist.
Students are able to (1) understand chain of custody in the transfer of evidentary material into the forensic anthropology laboratory; (2) develop investigative skills in forensic anthropological casework; (3) search for and interpret scientific literature; (4) basic understanding of case-law relating to admission of scientific evidence; (5) analysis and interpretation of skeletal evidence; (6) design and undertake independent research relating to forensic anthropology/anatomy; (7) prepare a scientific report based on an anthropological analysis; and (8) practical experience in the management and handling of skeletal remain referred for forensic analysis.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and literature review; (2) research project (scientific paper format); and (3) scientific report (case analysis submitted to legal authority). 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
FNSC5626 Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method
FNSC5649 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 1, FNSC5650 Forensic Science Dissertation (Anthropology) Part 2
Advisable prior study:
FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method; FNSC8516 Forensic Odontology and Introductory Osteology; undergraduate units in Anatomy
Contact hours
by arrangement with supervisor—laboratory/practical work: 10 hours total per week

A detailed recommended reading list will be provided by the course coordinator.

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