Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of FHEQ Level 4 Forensic Science
This is a core module of the principal Forensic Science course at level 5. This module will 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 and the students understanding of human identification will be extended. It will emphasise the importance of DNA profiling and its application in forensic investigations and of the presentation of DNA evidence in court. This includes a mock-court cross-examination exercise.
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: 3explain the principles of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing and DNA profiling and their application in Forensic Science: 1,2,3
Laboratory Classes: 10 hoursTutorials/problems classes: 10 hoursContent study: 16 hoursIndependent study: 54 hoursAssessment completion: 60 hours
1: Class Test weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Flexible Class TestStudy will complete two online multiple choice question tests, each worth 20% of the module mark. For each test, within a 28 hour window, students will have a 2-hour period to complete their answers.2: Assignment weighted 20%
ReportEquivalent to 1000 words relating to laboratory and problem class work.3: 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.