Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Science

School

Chemistry & Molec Biosciences

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

L3C3

Prerequisite

SCIE1000 and #2 level 1 Chemistry

Assessment methods

Examination, assignment, lab report

Course coordinator

Dr Jack Clegg (j.clegg@uq.edu.au)

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

The gathering and analysis of evidence is fundamental to successfully solving crime. Forensic science techniques are used extensively in police, customs and insurance investigations. Each forensic investigation is a puzzle where the first steps involve the identification and quantification of a wide variety of substances. This course examines the role of interdisciplinary scientific inquiry in the criminal investigations and introduces the most commonly used analytical techniques in forensic science, which span a range of traditional scientific disciplines including microbiology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry and genetics, to name but a few. Through case studies and hands-on experience students will learn methods for the analysis of chemical and biological materials (including DNA, blood, paint, dust, gun shot residues and documents) and investigate their use in the examination and interrogation of the evidence of crime.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile