NATS 7026 Forensic Research 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301129

Coordinator Christopher Lennard Opens in new window

Description This unit provides the basic framework and methodology required for planning and executing forensic research. The unit encompasses the scientific methods, practical tools and organizational skills important for implementing independent and original forensic research at an international level.

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in the Master of Forensic Science, the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science, or the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of general science as obtained via an undergraduate science degree (with completion of chemistry and biology subjects highly recommended).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Understand research project management responsibilities with respect to health and safety and research ethics on a local and global level.
  2. Appreciate scientific methods underpinning forensic research.
  3. Effectively review research literature, formulate hypotheses and design scientific experiments.
  4. Critically analyse and interpret experimental research data.
  5. Apply critical and lateral thinking skills to independent forensic research.
  6. Effectively communicate and transfer forensic research knowledge using skills developed for report writing and presentation.

Subject Content

1. Scientific Research Methods
2. Research Project Management
3. Undertaking a Literature Review
4. Experimental Methods for Hypothesis Testing
5. Experimental Design
6. Data Collection
7. Basic Statistical Methods and Data Presentation
8. Report Writing and Scientific Publications
9. Conference Presentations


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quiz at the end of each unit module 8 x 20 minutes 40 N Individual
Literature review 2000 words 30 N Individual
Poster presentation 1000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 2



Subject Contact Christopher Lennard Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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