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CCST 9010 The Science of Crime Investigation

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Average Rating:

3.40


Anonymous shared this review at 12:00am 22 January 2017
  • Professor: Dr. Philip Beh
  • Language: English
Rating:

1.00

Course Description
This course is the WORST I have taken among the six in two years, and possibly one of the worse ones among other courses. 

It will require students to investigate a real case using some 20-30 police reports and develop an exhaustive case file with legal proceedings. The lecturer, an experienced professional in forensic pathology, will kindly mention many interesting facts surrounding forensics but besides that, I think it is unfair to expect inexperienced students to solve a full case from scratch, which is hard even for professional investigators. 

The course aims to introduce the science of experimentation: applying evidence to hypotheses and making deductions. Unfortunately there is little learning which reinforces that. Students will instead, right at the beginning, be required to pour over a complex set of statistical noise, logical contradictions and generally overwhelming information. Unlike another forensic science course which explores the laboratory setting and features interactive experiments, this course is rarely about forensic science at all, not what many think to be "cool" crime scene investigation. This course all boils down to hard paper work and abstract thinking.

Because of the title of this course, many students have enrolled in it out of curiosity, but as people always say, curiosity kills the cat.
Assessment
Very heavy workload. 

100% coursework
-20% Essays (individual) (varies every semester)	
-30% Problem-based Learning tutorials
-20% Analysis and preparation of a case file
-30% Presentation case analysis and conclusions (individual and small group)

The work distribution stated, there is a case file, presentation, some essays and tutorial participation. But what seems like usual workload turns out to be a case file of hundreds of pages, a 50 minute presentation with drama/videotaping which takes students weeks and overnight meetings to make and develop, on top of three essays which are frankly pointless. Yes, you could theoretically choose not to do those and slip by (e.g. only powerpoint presentation with no video, 50 page report and something like that), but expect a devastating grade. For those who fulfill the "basic" requirement of drama, videotaping and writing the immense report, still do not expect a good grade. 

The tutorial participation: unfair and misjudged. Groups have to hold meetings themselves and hand in group reports every week or so such that the tutor can give them evidence related to the case. I understand the notion of not allowing the use of Google Documents or Google Drive to share the police reports or our own minutes, due to the privacy of criminal records, but that stunts the spirit of groupwork and the efficiency of cooperation, making what's supposed to be group work into individual work. It makes the entire group unable to understand the complex case until the end of the course, while the tutor provides no hint for the confused students. This is such a waste to the cases which are tragic and worth investigating in nature. Suspending the mystery for too long turned those into pointless work: It was such a drag.
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Haha shared this review at 9:31pm 3 August 2015
  • Professor: Dr Beh
  • Language: English
Rating:

2.00

Course Description
this course can learn a lot of thing about foresic science and the lectures are interesting.However,poor grade if groupmates are too hea.
Assessment
case study
presentation
individual assessment
tutorial
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Anonymous shared this review at 11:08am 3 September 2015
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Rating:

2.00

Course Description
nothing
Assessment
80%project
20%homework
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Anonymous shared this review at 10:41pm 14 September 2014
  • Professor: Dr S.L. Beh
  • Language: English
Rating:

8.00

Course Description
-understand of the scientific principles of forensic sciences
-analyze and integrate various sources of scientific data 
Assessment
100% coursework
-20% Portfolio collection of references (individual)	
-30% Problem-based Learning tutorials
-20% Analysis and preparation of a case file
-30% Presentation case analysis and conclusions (individual and small group)
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Tappy JJ shared this review at 9:17am 12 August 2017
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  • Language: English
Rating:

1.00

Course Description
Nothing except dealing with freeriders and destroyers
Assessment
Most of your marks come from working with stupid groupmates!!!
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Anonymous shared this review at 12:08pm 30 June 2017
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  • Language: English
Rating:

3.00

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Anonymous shared this review at 1:40am 21 August 2016
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Rating:

0.00

Course Description
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Assessment
Written assignments	30
Problem-based Learning tutorials	20
Analysis and preparation of a case file	20
Presentation case analysis and conclusions	30
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Anonymous shared this review at 10:09pm 10 May 2016
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  • Language: English
Rating:

10.00

Course Description
This course introduces students to the scientific, legal and ethical concepts that underpin forensic science. Forensic science spans all scientific disciplines such as anthropology, biology, chemistry, computing, medicine, physics, etc. Students will explore and develop an understanding of the principles of forensic science through an overview as well as more topic-specific lectures, and experience hands-on some of the simple skills involved in scientific analysis. Knowledge gained will be applied and students will be required to work on an assigned case and offer solutions.
Assessment
Written assignments	30
Problem-based Learning tutorials	20
Analysis and preparation of a case file	20
Presentation case analysis and conclusions	30
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Christy shared this review at 11:52pm 19 March 2016
  • Professor: Benny ng
  • Language: English
Rating:

7.00

Course Description
Crime investigation,  drug 
Assessment
100% coursework (4 lab, 2 presentation,  1group report,  2test)
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Anonymous shared this review at 6:55pm 23 August 2017
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Rating:

0.00

Course Description
Forensic science
Assessment
30% written assessments
20% pbl
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Dr Beh
Benny ng
Dr. Philip Beh

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