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Teacher guide Forensics: STEM careers

TLF ID M019978

This is a unit of work about forensic science, the occupations that use forensic science and the future and ethics of forensics. The resource includes: An introduction with teacher notes, student tasks, embedded videos and links to additional resources. Specific topics explored include what is forensic science and how is it portrayed in the media; potential and current applications of forensic science; careers in forensics and the important role these careers play in society; and ethical issues related to forensics, in particular the issue of DNA data banks. The resource is a career resource written for both classroom teachers and career counsellors.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly useful resource for the year 9 and 10 Science curriculum. It is particularly useful for the content descriptions relating to how advances in science and technologies can significantly affect people's lives, including career opportunities. Task 2 titled Forensic scientists at work is particularly relevant here as it provides information and learning activities about the range of technologies used in forensic science. The seven videos embedded in Task 2 are also particularly useful.
  • The resource is very useful for the year 9 and 10 Science curriculum, particularly the content descriptions referring to how People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions. The sections of the resource titled Task 4: Forensics and the scientific method is useful here, in which a crime scene investigator discusses the scientific method he uses in his work.
  • The resource is very useful for the year 7 and 8 Science curriculum, particularly the content descriptions referring to ethical considerations that science and technology solutions present. The section of the resource titled Task 5: Ethics and Forensics is very useful as it provides information and opportunity for students to consider the ethical use of forensic science with a focus on DNA data banks.
  • The resource is also relevant to the Ethical Understanding general capability as it provides valuable learning opportunities that relate to reasoning in decision making and actions. The section of the resource titled Task 5: Ethics and Forensics is very useful as it provides information and opportunity for students to consider the ethical use of forensic science with a focus on DNA data banks.
  • This is a very valuable source of information for the year 9 and 10 Work Studies curriculum particularly for the sub-strand career development and life design.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

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