Forensic applications of biological information, particularly DNA, and its integration with other biological evidence. Emphasis on the practical rigour required for such analyses, and estimation of error and uncertainty in forensic data, and the statistical interpretation of such data.
This paper focuses on biological aspects of forensic science. In particular we examine the details of DNA typing and how this is done. In addition to the technical aspects of this work, attention is paid to the limitations of the technique and to good procedure in its use. Other topics include tracing biological products and the role that mass isotopes play in this process. We also examine the forensic biology of sight and vision and discuss how what we see may differ from what is actually present. The final section of the paper examines new techniques and ethical and ideological issues that are associated with forensic analyses of biological samples.
|Paper title||Analytical Forensic Biology|
|Subject||Forensic Analytical Science|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- FORS 201
- Recommended Preparation
- GENE 222
- Schedule C
- This paper is required for BAppSc Forensic majors. Other students with an interest in forensic analysis would also find this paper useful, and it complements courses in biological and chemical sciences, genetics and disciplines such as law.
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Craig Marshall
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biological and molecular life sciences, particularly as they relate to forensic science
- Appropriately communicate forensic concepts to both specialist and general audiences
- Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
- Work effectively both independently and as part of a team