FSC201 Crime Scene (8)


This subject is designed to introduce the components of crime scene investigation: control and coordination, criminal investigation and forensic investigation. Types of physical evidence are introduced along with proper management for the detection, collection and preservation of physical evidence. There is a 4 day residential school with this subject the aim of which is to reinforce to students that laboratory facilities are not always available when examining crime scenes.  It will also train the students in the proper manner and methods of attending a crime scene.  Most of these students will attend a crime scene, either as a police investigator or as a recognised expert in a number of fields, e.g. Entomology, archaeology etc. As has been routine, practical scenarios will be set up for course participants.  It is hoped the scenarios will be sufficient to assist the course participants to develop some crime scene examination competencies.  More lectures and practical aspects have been introduced into residential school timetable   This course is important and the course content, course presentation and the way the course participants and their results are handled should reflect that. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FSC201
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to describe the importance and methods of recognising a crime scene and its evidence;
- Be able to summarise the importance and methods of protecting a crime scene and its evidence;
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of a crime scene search for physical evidence;
- Be able to demonstrate ability to prepare different types of crime scene sketches;
- Be able to prepare crime scene reports, and explain differences between crime scene reports and other types of investigative reports.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The components of crime scene investigation;
- Crime scene management;
- Scene contamination and preservation;
- Types of physical evidence;
- Detection, collection and preservation of physical evidence;
- Scientific methodology as it applies to collection and analysis of physical evidence;
- Labelling and recording of evidence;
- OH&S issues related to crime scenes;
- Reporting;
- Ethics.

Specialised Resources

This subject has a 4 day residential school.


The information contained in the 2015 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 01 October 2015. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.