Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of FHEQ Level 4 Forensic Science modules or equivalent
In this module, you will study the essential background and molecular tools used for identifying individuals by DNA profiling. You will use this to describe some of the ways in which these tools are used in Forensic Science. The principle concepts in DNA profiling will be explored and you will gain an understanding of human identification. The module will emphasise the importance of DNA profiling and its application in forensic investigations and the presentation of DNA evidence in court, including an oral assessment case-study exercise.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fsc-20003/lists
This module aims to provide the essential background knowledge of the molecular tools used for identifying individuals by DNA profiling and to build on this to describe some of the ways in which these tools are used in Forensic Science. The principle concepts in DNA profiling will be explored with the aim of extending the students understanding of human identification, its importance and application in the forensic context, analytical techniques and processes, population genetics and the presentation of DNA evidence in court.
Intended Learning Outcomes
explain the principles and significance of nucleic acid hybridisation: 1,2,3describe and explain the development and application of LTDNA-typing and its advantages and limitations regarding degradation and contamination: 1,2,3apply a working knowledge of population genetics to calculate profile frequencies, evaluate their statistical significance and present this information appropriately as an expert witness in court: 1,2,3critically evaluate the significance of different sources of DNA and appropriate approaches to collection, storage and analysis of the samples with reference to contamination avoidance procedures: 1,2,3differentiate and critically assess types of polymorphism and DNA lineage markers and their importance in a forensic context: 1,2,3communicate the outcomes of a short scientific study under oral examination in the court context: 2explain the principles of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing and DNA profiling and their application in Forensic Science: 1,2,3
Active learning hours:Practical classes and workshops: 10 hoursTutorials: 10 hoursLecture/interactive lecture: 18 hoursClass tests: 3 hoursOral assessment including collaborative activities: 5 hoursIndependent study: 104 hours
1: Class Test weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Class TestTwo 1.5 h, in-person, invigilated, PC-lab based, class tests, each worth 20% of the module mark.2: Oral Presentation weighted 40%
Case study exerciseThe student will complete a short report (500 words) based on the examination of DNA evidence. This will be followed by a formal oral cross-examination.
3: Assignment weighted 20%
ReportEquivalent to 1000 words relating to laboratory and problem class work.