SGBK20010U Forensic Geobiology
Through an intensive two-week summer school, this course will provide students with an overview of various kinds of biological and geological methods applied in forensic science. There is a heavy focus on human forensic genetics and its applications in crime cases, kinship analysis and species determination. Exercises will focus on how to evaluate DNA profiling results and from these calculate the likelihood ratio; the strenght of the evidence. The students will also be introduced to the interdisciplinary forensic topics of Entomology, Pathology, Genome Sequencing, Geochemistry, Isotopesm, Ancient DNA, Soil Analysis, Environmental DNA, Population Genetics, Human and Vertebrate Anthropology and Botany. The teaching consists of lectures with exercises relvant for forensic investigations. There will be group works during the course where students get to choose a subject related to forensic research. Exercises and group assignments will be evaluated individually and in group during the course.
The course starts with a brief introduction/recapitulation 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
- Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)
- DNA profiling
- Likelihood ratio calculations
- Population dynamics, Heredity & kinship analysis
- Human crime case investigations
- Environmental DNA
- Isotope Analysis
- Elemental composition
The student will gain knowledge about genetic investigations for individual and species identification in a forensic context. The student will also have learned the basics of the application of isotope analyses, soil analyses and other biological/geochemical analyses in forensics.
The student can apply statistical methods used in forensic genetics and describe the methodological advances and research within the different aspects of forensic biology 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 (geo)biology and investigations scientifically. The student will also be able to describe different genetic variations and what makes them useful in a forensic context.
Scientific articles, manuals and protocols
Knowledge within basic cell biology and genetics.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioThe portfolio exam consists of the following: Evaluation of 1 written report and 2 oral presentations. The evaluation is based on an overall assesment of the two sub-parts.
- Exam registration requirements
Obligatory events: group work presentations both fridays
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
As ordinary exam.
The written report can be handed in again in a revised form.
If the requirments for attendance (90 %) is not fulfilled the student will need to hand in an assignment within a theme of the teachers choice.
If the requirments for obligatory events (participation in group work presentations and ethical exercise) is not fulfilled the student must follow the course again next year.
Criteria for exam assesment
See "Learning Outcome".