DNA Analysis & Interpretation - PS637

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 15 (7.5) MR R Green


CH314 Introduction to Biochemistry and Drug Chemistry or equivalent.





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:

Contact hours

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%

  • Indicative reading

  • Publications from the learned literature including journal articles from Science & Justice and Forensic Science International
  • Fundamentals of forensic DNA typing (Butler 2009) – ISBN 978-0-12-374999-4
  • Forensic DNA typing Butler ISBN 0-12-147951-X

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of core biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and methods, including knowledge of cells, biochemistry and human DNA

  • Knowledge 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.

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