FRS514 - Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences

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Subject Title
Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences

Subject Description
Forensic health care and forensic nursing are cutting-edge concepts in medical care. This course provides health care professionals and others with an introduction to the forensic health sciences and how they apply to clinical practice in Canada. The Criminal Code and provincial and federal laws pertaining to the care of victims of trauma, crime and violence are central topics of discussion. Sexual assault, death investigation, child maltreatment, elder abuse, interpersonal violence and legal consulting are considered with respect to the forensic roles and responsibilities of care professionals.

Credit Status
One credit in the Forensic Investigative Studies Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify Canadian laws that impact the clinical practice of the health care professional.
2. Outline the roles of health care professionals, law enforcement, judicial system and forensic science in the care of victims of trauma, crime or violence.
3. Discuss the development of professional working relationships for the multi-disciplinary teams needed to provide comprehensive forensic care.
4. Analyze the interactions of the multi-disciplinary forensic investigative disciplines including nursing, medicine, forensic scienc, police and judicial system.
5. Evaluate the emerging role of the forensic nursing specialty in forensic health care.
6. Define and appraise the specific roles and responsibilities of the forensic examiner, death investigator and legal consultant.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of clinica forensic processes, current standards and scope of practice for the forensic health care professional.
8. Compare current forensic health care frameworks and assess the future of forensic health sciences in Canada.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

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