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Forensic science: DNA analysis

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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Mathematics & Science

Function : General

Trainer name : Susan Gurney

Starts on : 15th Jul 2014

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Forensic science: DNA analysis
This course will examine DNA profiling and how it can be invaluable when solving crimes. The course will be arranged around an online crime scene. Participants will identify evidence for analysis and process the results to identify which suspect committed the crime. The crime scene investigation will involve examining case studies, and how DNA evidence is evaluated and the discussion of the ethical issues involved.

Aims of the course:

  • To introduce participants to genetics
  • To show how genetics can be used by forensic students
  • To introduce participants to different cases where genetics has been used to solve crimes, this will include crime where the suspect is guilty, but also some recent cases where genetics has been used to exonerate people who have been imprisoned for a crime they did not commit

Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):

  • Orientation Week: 15-21 September 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 22 September-26 October 2014
  • Feedback Week: 27 October-2 November 2014

Course content overview:
This course will begin with an introduction to genetics, describing what DNA is and the basics of inheritance. There will also be an introduction to forensic science. The course will then combine these two topics to examine how DNA and genetics can be utilised in a criminal investigation. We will look at different types of DNA which might be useful in a forensic case. We will see how DNA can be collected at a crime scene, how it is examined in the laboratory and we will also analyse these DNA profiles generated in the laboratory. Throughout the course specific forensic case studies will help to illustrate the points being made. This course will look at how genetics has changed over the years and the effects that this has had to forensic investigation, we will also look at how future advances in genetics might affect future criminals and investigations.


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