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Programme Name: Master of Science (Forensic Science)

Last update 29 June 2020

Awarding Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Teaching Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Programme Name Master of Science (Forensic Science)
Final Award
Master of Science (Forensic Science)
Programme Code MSCN
Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation
Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi
Language(s) of Instructions
Bahasa Melayu & English
Mode of Study Conventional
Mode of operation Self-govern
Study Scheme Full Time and Part time
Study Duration

Full Time: Minimum: 1½ years; Maximum: 3 years

 

Part Time: Minimum: 2 years; Maximum: 4 years

Type of Semester No. of Semesters No. of weeks per semester
Full Time Part Time Full Time Part Time
Normal 3 6 14 14
  1. A bachelor of science degree* in Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry/Forensic Science/Applied Science/Health Science or equivalent
    OR
  2. A bachelor of science degree** or equivalent with at least two years job experience in related field.

Note: *CPA≥3.00 ; **CPA>2.70

Objektif program ini adalah untuk:

  1. Melahirkan ahli sains di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana amnya dan dalam bidang Forensik khasnya dengan keupayaan untuk berfikir secara kreatif dan inovatif.
  2. Meningkatkan pengetahuan akademik para profesional dalam penyelidikan yang dijalankan sehingga boleh memberi perkhidmatan yang lebih baik, bermutu dan berkesan.
  3. Membantu menjayakan pemindahan teknologi dari luar negara dan menggalakkan pembangunan teknologi sendiri dalam pelbagai bidang.
  4. Mengukuhkan kerjasama dengan agensi kerajaan dan swasta untuk meningkatkan aktiviti penyelidikan.
  5. Melahirkan graduan yang mahir, cekap dan berdedikasi bagi memenuhi keperluan pembangunan dan kemajuan negara.

 

(a) Technical Knowledge and Competencies
Program Learning Outcomes (PO) Intended Learning Outcomes Teaching and Learning Methods Assessment
PO1
(Advanced Knowledge)
Ability to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of the chemical principles. Lectures, laboratory works, directed reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments Examinations, tests, quizzes, project reports and assignments
PO2
(Forensic Techniques)
Ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge, understanding and skills in application of scientific methodology to undertake and report on experimental investigation. Lectures, assigned reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments
Hands-on instrumentations, forensic software skills and research project
Examinations, tests, quizzes, assignments, and project reports,
Oral presentations, group projects, and computer simulation.
PO3
(Scientific and Critical Thinking Approach)
Possess high awareness of major issues and development of chemical research and competent in initiating, developing, and pursuing a scientific research. Lectures, assigned reading, group discussion and problem solving assignments
Hands-on instrumentations, forensic software skills and research project
Research proposal, experimental works, project presentation and report.
Examinations, tests, quizzes, assignments, and project reports.
Oral presentations, group projects, computer simulation.
Proposal, presentation and project report
(b) Generic Skills
PO4
(Communication Skills)
Ability to present technical, scientific and forensic information and arguments clearly and correctly, in written and oral presentation Group projects, independent research, individual assignments Oral presentations, written assignments, and research project report.
PO5
(Social Skills and Responsibility)
Ability to portray good interpersonal skills with high ability to work collaboratively as part of a team undertaking a range of different team roles Laboratory works, group assignments. Project reports and group presentation
PO6
(Professionalism, Attitude, Ethics & Integrity)
Ability to act with integrity and good ethics in their profession and their obligation to society Examination, individual assignment and individual research projects Reports and seminar presentation
PO7
(Lifelong Learning & Information Management)
Ability to seek new knowledge, skills and manage relevant information from various sources. Research projects and assignment Assignment and research project report
PO8
(Management and Entrepreneurship Skills)
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills in analyzing and identifying business opportunities. Research projects Written assignments and research project reports.
PO9
(Leadership Skills)
Ability to demonstrate leadership, to take action and to get others involved. Group assignments and presentations. Group assignment reports and presentations

This is a 3-semester full-time programme comprising a total of 42 credits which include five core courses (12 credits), one elective course (3 credits), one research methodology course (3 credits), one compulsory University course (3 credits) and Forensic research project and dissertation (21 credits). The following is a typical course distribution for the MSc Taught Course and Research (Mixed Mode) in Forensic Science:

 

Semester 1

Course Code Course Credit
MSCN 1803 Forensic Evidence and the Aspects of Law 3
MSCN 19×3 Forensic Elective Course
3
MSCN 1853 Forensic Practical 3
MCSN 1303 Research Methodology 3
Total credits 12

 

Semester 2

Course Code Course Credit
MSCN 1823 Forensic Chemistry
3
MSCN 1813 Forensic Analytical Instrumentation
3
MSCN 1830 Expert Testimony & Moot Court
HW
UHAX 6xx3 University Compulsory Course
Total credits 9

x = a code number ; HW: Hadir wajib  ‘Attendance is compulsory’

 

 

Semester 3

Course Code Course Credit
MSCN xx80/xx90
Dissertation 21
Total credits 21

The course code for dissertation is given as MSCN XY80/XY90
‘X’ refers to the year and ‘Y’ refers to the semester in which the student is enrolled
‘8’ refers to full time students and ‘9’ refers to part time students
Note : Dissertation can only be taken after completion of all courses

 

Forensic Elective Courses

Course Code Course Credit
MSCN 1913 Crime Scene Investigation
3
MSCN 1923 Biological Aspects of Forensic Science
3
MSCN 1933 Examination of Questioned Documents
3
MSCN 1943 Quality Assurance in Forensic Science
3
MSCN 1953 Forensic Engineering
3
MSCN 1963 Computer Forensics
3
MSCN 1973 Fire and Explosion Investigation 3
MSCN 1983 Firearms and Forensic Investigation
3
MSCN 1993 Forensic Toxicology and Drugs of Abuse
3