DNA Analysis & Interpretation - PSCI6370

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module comprises a range of contemporary topics covering methods of analysis and the interpretational issues associated with forensic DNA profiling. The materials take students through the evolution of forensic DNA processes and the practical issues of sample collection, processing and storage, DNA theory and practical DNA processing. Students will appreciate the difficulties associated with mixed samples and the statistical interpretation associated with both single source and mixture interpretation. The module draws upon the latest materials published by the Forensic Science Regulator and the latest quality and legal standards associated with DNA profiling. The module is contextualised throughout using a range of contemporary case studies.


Contact hours

Private Study: 122
Contact Hours: 28
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Genotyping Exercise (2 pages) – 10%
• Lab Write-up (2 pages) – 10%
• Examination (3 hours) – 80%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and methods, including knowledge of cells, biochemistry and human DNA;
2. Demonstrate 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;
3. Use skills required for, and knowledge of, the analysis of forensic DNA;
4. Interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them;
5. Display 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.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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