PHA 6936 Special Topics in Forensic Science
This one-credit course is a two-day orientation and final comprehensive examination. It will include an online orientation via BigBlueButton, the final written comprehensive examination online taken via ProctorU, and in some cases an oral examination for completion of the MS degree requirements. Students should register for this course in their final semester of their MS degree. The University of Florida requires that you are registered for the following number of credits during the term you are graduating: Summer term: 2 credit hours; Fall/Spring term: 3 credit hours. Since the Special Topics course is only 1 credit, you will need to be sure you meet the credit requirement as noted above.
This course is scheduled to run each semester. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term. Students are required to pass this class in order to receive their MS degree.
Please note that you will have to take at least one full day off from work and/or other responsibilities to take the written exams. We do recommend taking additional time off in case an oral exam is required. We will attempt to schedule the exam during the day in your time zone. Please have a photo identification (driver’s license, passport) ready so the proctor can identify you and ensure that you are the person taking the exam.
You will be informed by the instructor if you passed the written exams. Any oral exams will be scheduled after the written exams and need to be completed within 24 hours.
Outline of special topics schedule:
- Day 1 (BigBlueButton) – Introduction and Orientation
- Day 2- Morning: Essay paper, 3 hours; Afternoon: Short answer paper, 2 hours
- Day 3- (BigBlueButton) Oral examination if needed
Students should login to this course on Canvas as they would with any other course. Use this site to ask study questions and receive further information about the special topics exams. The written exams will be proctored using ProctorU (please see technical requirements on this website: https://www.proctoru.com/tech-requirements/).
More information about ProctorU including student orientation is provided on their website: https://www.proctoru.com/students/. Here is a brief video that introduces how the exam can be taken on your computer: https://youtu.be/4eZYqP02nd4
In order to attend the BigBlueButton orientation session and take the oral examination, you will need the following equipment:
- Web camera or built-in camera for laptops
- Microphone (built-in with web camera or separate)
- Stable (preferably hard-wired) internet connection
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Donna Wielbo.
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