Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. In exceptional circumstances part 2 may be taken after a delay of one semester or more at the discretion of the Director. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The case study for the Master degree is more extensive than that required for the units FNSC8521/FNSC8522 Case Study Part 1/Part 2. The case selected must involve more extensive research and is assessed at a higher standard. As part of the experience of giving expert evidence students must also attend a second criminal trial and submit a brief report of their observations.

12 points

Students are able to (1) develop a deeper understanding, through practical experience, of the role of scientific evidence and the expert witness in forensic science; (2) gain further practical experience in report writing and the verbal communication of findings during expert witness testimony; (3) enhance their knowledge of the criminal justice system; and (4) deepen their understanding of an area of interest relevant to forensic science.


Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Forensic Science (51520).
completion of FNSC8521/FNSC8522 Case Study Part 1/Part 2
Contact hours
meetings: approx. 3 x 15 mins (by arrangement)
research-issues lectures: approx. 5 x 2 hours
attendance at mock courts: 1 day
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.