DNA Analysis & Interpretation - PS637

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 6 15 (7.5) MR R Green checkmark-circle


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 the following module collections.

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)

    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.


    1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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