Develop forensic crime scene expertise

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver POLFOR004, 'Develop forensic crime scene expertise'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Conduct applied research

1.1 Develop hypothesis to guide research proposal.

1.2 Conduct a literature review using various search techniques.

1.3 Justify the research proposal in relation to the forensic discipline supported by the jurisdiction.

1.4 Analyse research methodology in terms of suitability and potential limitations.

1.5 Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of data/information collection techniques.

1.6 Identify factors that may impact on reliability and validity of the results to protect the integrity of the research project.

1.7 Identify resources for the research taking into consideration cost, availability and access.

1.8 Identify alternative resources or methodologies to ensure that the scope of the research project is met.

1.9 Evaluate hypothesis against the analysis findings and legal and ethical considerations.

1.10 Review data and research findings for accuracy and compliance with legal requirements.

1.11 Report research findings to inform broader forensic community.

2. Form an expert opinion

2.1 Evaluate information relevant to the investigation critically to form an expert opinion.

2.2 Develop alternative hypotheses to test the expert opinion.

2.3 Test hypotheses against information using scientific methodology.

2.4 Identify the most likely hypothesis to form a basis for the opinion.

2.5 Acknowledge limitations of the information/evidence when providing an expert opinion.

2.6 Identify assumptions and factual premises on which evidence is based to support the expert opinion.

2.7 Assess the expert opinion to determine whether it withstands scrutiny.

2.8 Justify opinions by explaining the process of reasoning.

3. Present expert opinion

3.1 Validate expert opinion using peer review.

3.2 Report expert opinion to inform investigation.

3.3 Prepare demonstrative tools to assist provision of expert evidence.

3.4 Deliver expert opinion to aid judicial enquiry process.

3.5 Review expert opinion and delivery to identify future improvements.

4. Undertake peer case work review

4.1 Review case work within a quality management system to validate results.

4.2 Review information in a case file to determine quality, accuracy and completeness.

4.3 Form an independent opinion from reviewed information in isolation from the case file opinion.

4.4 Compare the independent opinion with the case findings for verification purposes.

4.5 Communicate feedback to the original author of the case file.

5. Evaluate scientific literature and research findings critically

5.1 Identify sources of contemporary information that may be relevant to forensic investigations.

5.2 Evaluate contemporary information to determine potential applicability and suitability within forensic investigations.

5.3 Develop recommendations on better practice based on contemporary research and literature.