The module lectures will cover the following topics:
• Historical methods
• DNA sample collection, processing and storage
• DNA theory
• DNA databases and statistical interpretation
• Quality Assurance, management and control
• Legal aspects
• Forensic case studies
• Future trends
This module appears in:
- Physical Sciences Stage 2/3/4
- STMS Undergradute Stage 2 & 3
24 hours will be spent on lectures.
One 6 hour lab class.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
The written examination will account for 80%
DNA profiling case study will account for 10%
Lab report will account for 10%
Knowledge and understanding of core biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and methods, including knowledge of cells, biochemistry and human DNAKnowledge and understanding of concepts, principles & theories of DNA & forensic genetics, and ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems in the area of DNA.
Skills required for, and knowledge of, the analysis of forensic DNA.
Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them.
Skills in the safe handling of chemicals, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards
Ability to recognise and implement good measurement science and practice.
Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.