An introduction to forensic biology. Trace and contact evidence, DNA, body fluids, traumatology, forensic entomology, toxicology and fibre analysis.
Increasingly, forensic investigations have come to rely on the techniques of forensic
biology to provide vital evidence in homicides, violent crimes, disaster identification
and even minor crimes. Students will have an unequalled opportunity to interact with
a range of national and international forensic experts, providing a sense of reality
and authority that is unique.
The paper is designed as an introduction for the student who is interested in analysing biological evidence at a crime scene or in a laboratory. The Forensic Biology paper provides a strong basis in modern forensic biology techniques. The multidisciplinary nature of forensics depends on the integration of scientific skills within a forensic context, and hence the paper includes a wide spectrum of topics.
|Paper title||Forensic Biology|
|Teaching period||Summer School|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,914.00|
- 54 points
- Schedule C
- This paper is available for interest only enrolments.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Angela Clark
and Professor Richard Cannon
Lecturers to be advised
- Paper Structure
- National and international forensic experts are invited as guest lecturers to broadly
discuss the following topics:
- Trace and Contact Biological Evidence, including DNA and Body Fluids
- Forensic Odontology and Forensic Anthropology
- Forensic Pathology and Medicine
- Disaster Victim Identification
- Forensic Entomology
- Ballistic Trauma
- Forensic Bias and Expert Testimonies
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
- Teaching Arrangements
- Four 50-minute lectures per week, plus four tutorials over the Summer School teaching
Please be advised that some of the content and material in this paper may be disturbing, such as photographs of corpses in varying states of decay or postmortem photographs.
- Gunn, A., Essential Forensic Biology, Wiley-Blackwell 2009
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of this paper, students should:
- Have acquired a strong background in modern forensic biology techniques
- Understood the multidisciplinary nature of forensic science
- Understood the integration of scientific skills within a forensic context
- Have been introduced to the analysis of biological evidence as it relates to legal and other investigations
- Have developed an understanding of the processes that govern the collection of evidence at a crime scene