JS 190 Forensic Molecular Biology Spring 2012
Time: MW 1500-1650
History, scientific concepts, methods, practices, instrumentation, interpretation, statistics and court issues of forensic DNA analysis via lectures, hands-on activities/laboratories, and videos. Collection, documentation and preservation of biological evidence, bioethics, QA, validation, admissibility and training will also be covered.
Course Text and materials:
Butler, J.M. (2011) Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology. Elsevier Academic Press: San Diego
Forensic DNA Analysis. Rudin, N. and K. Inman. 2nd Edition. 2001. ISBN: 0849302331 Publisher: CRC Press; 2nd edition (December 21, 2001) 312 pp.
Forensic Biology Laboratory Protocols. Steven Lee. Crime laboratory protocols (publicly available). Protocols will be handed out and utilized for laboratory and hands-on exercises.
This Class was funded in part by a CSUPERB grant to S Lee.
Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to identify and sample biological evidence for DNA analysis – including the importance of evidence collection at the crime scene and how surfaces, materials and sources relate to sampling strategies – refresher on screening the biological evidence for source attribution
LO2. Explain the scientific principles behind DNA analysis techniques (DNA extraction,
quantification, instrument analysis, analysis of STRs and Y STRs data, and the statistical
assessment of both types of DNA profiles)
LO3.Apply the DNA analysis protocols, how to use the forms for each type of analysis, and
how to write consultation reports that reflect test findings
LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the laboratory techniques for conducting confirmatory testing and DNA analysis
LO5. Demonstrate how forensic DNA testimony is given at the deposition level
LO6. Explain how a forensic DNA laboratory functions, including the accreditation requirements
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