NATS 7029 Forensic Toxicology II

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301137

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Description This subject will expand on concepts encountered in Forensic Toxicology I, providing in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology as it pertains to commonly encountered abused and toxic substances. This subject is unique in offering modules in doping control, expert testimony and human performance and postmortem toxicology. This subject is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture between the University of Florida and Western Sydney University. Note: Further information on this subject is available from the University of Florida.

School Science

Discipline Forensic Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NATS 7028


Students must be enrolled in 3741 Master of Forensic Science, 3742 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science or 3743 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Be able to comfortably navigate the WWW and know how to locate and use web based resources for their interest and further education
  2. Understand basic pharmacokinetic parameters such as absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination (ADME)
  3. Understand the pharmacology and basic metabolites of the presented illicit drug substances
  4. Understand the chemical, pharmacological, pharmacokinetic, toxic properties and effects of alcohol and the procedures of quantitative analyses for blood alcohol
  5. Understand the effects of drugs and alcohol on driving impairment
  6. Understand the ADME, pharmacology and toxicity of a number of metals commonly encountered in forensic toxicology
  7. Understand the process of acquisition, preparation, analysis of tissues, bodily fluids and postmortem samples such as liver, vitreous humor, urine, bile and blood
  8. Understand the pharmacology, testing procedures and regulations concerning commonly abused drugs used in athletics for the enhancement of human performance
  9. Understand the basic regulations of doping control within the horse and dog racing industry and associated sample acquisition and analyses
  10. Understand the basic regulations associated with drug testing in the workplace and the acquisition of samples such as blood, urine and hair
  11. Understand the basic principles of expert testimony and the role of the expert witness in forensic toxicology
  12. Be able to apply the presented concepts and procedures in the execution and completion of a virtual case study
  13. Use web based tools for communication and for the education of themselves and others

Subject Content

Module 1 Pharmacokinetics and Drug Action
Module 2 Drug Classifications adn Pharmacology
Module 3 Alcohol and Volatiles
Module 4 Metals
Module 5 Post Mortem Forensic Toxicology
Module 6 Doping Control
Module 7 Human Performance Toxicology
Module 8 Expert Testimony


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Final Exam Not specified 100 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Uni of Florida - Term 1 (2024)



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Uni of Florida - Term 2 (2024)



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