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FORS201 Analytical and Forensic Science

An introduction to analytical techniques in modern forensic science. The analysis of physical and biological evidence and the role of science in the judicial system.

Paper title Analytical and Forensic Science
Paper code FORS201
Subject Forensic Analytical Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 54 further points from Science Schedule C
Schedule C

Tel 64 3 479 7483

Location: 270 Great King St., Lindo Ferguson Building

Teaching staff

Professor Darryl Tong

Dr Charlotte King

Dr Christina McGraw

Professor Keith Gordon

Dr Craig Marshall



Saferstein, Richard, Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, Global Edition, Pearson Education Limited

Highly Recommended:

Bell, Suzanne, Forensic Chemistry 2E, PearsonJackson, Andrew R. W., Forensics Science 3E, Prentice Hall

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  • An understanding of how science is applied in support of the legal system.
  • Mastery of the scientific concepts underlying the major analytical methods of chemical analysis as applied in forensic casework
  • Critical analysis and assessment of scientific evidence.
  • A tested understanding of the application of these concepts to practical situations such as material analysis.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10-14, 16, 18-21
A2 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10-14, 16, 18-21