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 the forensic application of biological and chemical techniques. In particular we examine the details of DNA typing in both humans and animals, chemical provenancing of people and products, the identification of drugs and drug use, skeletal analysis and postmortem processes. In addition to the technical aspects of this work, attention is paid to the limitations of the techniques, the statistical analysis of data, and the reporting of uncertainty. The final part of this paper focuses on the role of the forensic scientist in legal contexts, and how forensic evidence is presented in court.
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|Analytical Forensic Biology
|Forensic Analytical Science
|Semester 2 (On campus)
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- 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.
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- 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