This unit runs for one semester. Students may choose to do this unit as an optional 3rd Semester of Science.
Students acquire an understanding of a broad range of scientific concepts that can be used to examine, analyse and interpret evidence as part of Forensic Science Investigation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students gain an awareness of biology by examining how the principles of genetics can be used in forensic science to discriminate between fingerprints, blood groupings and DNA fingerprints; the basics of chemistry that underpin flame tests, students learn about the properties of metal elements and an understanding of physics to explain the principles of light when using spectroscopes.
Students use an inquiry-based approach to their work, gathering information, evaluating evidence, synthesising new knowledge, and applying their learning to related ideas and issues. They construct evidence-based arguments and select appropriate formats to communicate science ideas for specific purposes to a range of audiences.
Examination and identification of fibres
Examination and identification of hairs
Flame Colours - Identifying metal ions
Thin Layer Chromatography
Fluorescence under UV light
Using Light – Spectroscopes
Excursions are programmed into the Forensic Science course such as Flinders University. Each excursion may cost approximately $6.00.
Knowing & Understanding
Processing and Evaluating
Inquiring & Designing
Reflecting on the impacts of Science