NNMK13003U Forensic Geobiology
MSc Programme in Biology
Through an intensive two-week summer school, this course will provide students with an overview of various kinds of genetic investigations for individual and species identification in a forensic context. The focus is on forensic genetics and its applications in crime cases, kinship analysis and species determination. The students will also be introduced to the interdisciplinary forensic topics of Entomology, Pathology, Genome Sequencing, Quality Assurance, Geology – Ancient DNA and Soil Analysis, Population Genetics, Human and Vertebrate Anthropology and Botany. The teaching consists of lectures followed by forensic related exercises and research related group assignments. Exercises and group assignments will be evaluated during the course.
The course starts with a brief introduction to Cell Biology, Genetics, Genetic Variation & Regulation and Molecular Biology Techniques, focusing on areas relevant to the forensic applications.
When the course is completed, students will have gained insight and skills regarding the application of the following areas in a forensic context:
- Individual and species identification
- STRs and SNPs
- DNA profiling
- Population dynamics
- Heredity & kinship analysis
- Physical traits
- Probability calculations in forensic genetics
- Human crime case investigations
- Genetic regulation and possible applications in forensics
The student will gain knowledge about genetic investigations of individual and species identification in a forensic context.
The student can apply statistical methods used in forensic genetics and describe the methodological advances and research within the different aspects of forensic biology and geology as well as carry out a paternity case evaluation and a crime case evaluation.
After following the course the student will be able to critically assess and analyze forensic data and outline the current baseline for forensic biology and geology investigationsscientifically. The student will also be able to describe the different types of human genetic variations and what makes them useful in a forensic context
Scientific articles, handbooks, manuals and protocols will be available.
Knowledge within basic cell biology and genetics.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioThe portfolio exam consists of the following two part-exams:
Evaluation of written reports.
The evaluation is based on an overall assesment of the two sub-parts.
- Exam registration requirements
80% participation and participation in all laboratory excercises.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
The written sub-parts of the ordinary exam can be handed in again unchanged or in a revised form.
If the requirments for registration (80 % participation) is not fulfilled the student must hand in an assignment within a theme of the teachers choice.
If the requirments for registration (participation in all laboratory excercises) is not fulfilled the student must follow the course again next year.
Criteria for exam assesment
In accordance with the learning outcomes.