NATS 3023 Forensic Anthropology
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 301120
Coordinator Hayley Green Opens in new window
Description The objectives of this unit are to gain an understanding of the changes to the human body from death to discovery and how we can use the biological variability of humans to assist in the identification of human remains. Students will learn the fundamentals of detection, excavation and identification of human and non-human remains and learn how to prepare their findings for court. Students will be required to apply the knowledge gained during lectures to a practical based excavation, analysis and preparation of a case file.
Discipline Forensic Science
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects NATS 3025 - Forensic Archaeology NATS 3024 - Forensic Archaeology
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1 and 40 credit points at Level 2.
Knowledge of the general aspects of contemporaneous note taking, crime scene documentation and crime scene photography.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain how the major processes of decomposition and taphonomic change can affect the outcomes of a forensic investigation.
- Explain the scientific and ethical role of the forensic archaeologist and forensic anthropologist in the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence in an Australian context.
- Conduct archaeological investigations safely and ethically in the field using methodologies to obtain valid scientific evidence and explain the significance and relevance of data.
- Conduct an anthropological investigation of human and non-human skeletal remains and create a biological profile.
- Communicate findings correctly in written and/ or oral form, accessing the scientific literature to place findings in context.
1. Detection and recovery of human and non-human remains.
2. Analysis of crime scenes using the principles of archaeology to preserve forensically meaningful evidence.
3. Preservation of evidence continuity and integrity from the site of recovery through to the conclusion of all laboratory analyses.
4. Theoretical and practical knowledge of anatomy and forensic anthropology required to distinguish between human and non-human skeletal remains and subsequently produce a biological profile of human skeletal remains.
5. Theoretical knowledge of multidisciplinary approaches to the identification of human skeletal remains.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Practical Exam||40 minutes||25||N||Individual|
|Written Report||Part 1 (Groupwork 10%)- Contemporaneous case file notes (2000 words); Part 2 (5%)- Group contribution||15||N||Group|
|Written Report||1,500 words||10||N||Individual|
|Final Exam||2 hours||40||N||Individual|
Subject Contact Hayley Green Opens in new window