Forensic biology is the application of science to the law, and encompasses various scientific disciplines. This course will introduce the various methodologies and applications used in a forensic context.Topics discussed include, the principles of serology and DNA analysis, identification of fresh and decomposed human remains, ballistics, fingerprint analysis, facial reconstruction, drug analysis, and forensic entomology.
The course aims to provide the student with the ability to distinguish blood groups.Detect the presence of blood.Detect of organic liquids. The role of insects in forensic investigations. Conducting a number of round visits.
Course Objectives & Outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Provide students with strong background informations about Forensic Biology.
- Understand and recognize its branches: forensic anthropology, forensic botany, forensic entomology, forensic ornithology, forensic odontology, and various DNA- or protein-based techniques.
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the interpretation of evidence and case data.
- Analyze sources of DNA evidences (hair, bones, blood, teeth, semen, saliva, urine, and fecesvomites).
- Analyze DNA profiling.
1. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (10th Edition), ISBN-10: 0135045207 | ISBN-13: 978-0135045206, 2010.
2. Jason H.Byrd and James L. Castner , Forensic entomology ; The utility of arthropods in legal investigations (second Edition), ISBN: 9780849392153, 2009
3. Houck M. and Siegel J., Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Elsevier/Academic Press, ISBN 0123567629, 2006
4. Robertson, R. And Vignaux, GA, Interpreting Evidence-Evaluating Forensic Science in the Courtroom, John Wiley, ISBN 0471960268, 1997
Course ID: BIOL 406
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