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Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications FSCT 8160

Forensic Investigation Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

With the advent of new molecular techniques, DNA is the material of choice for forensic analysis. The current technology of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) makes it possible to identify an individual with a high degree of accuracy. A series of lectures and laboratory exercises will show students the strength of this powerful technique and how it applies to law enforcement.

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$945.01

Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of FSCT 8160 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 47017

Duration

Thu Sep 05 - Thu Nov 14 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 47017
  • Domestic fees $945.01
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Nov 14 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4680
Sep 05 - Nov 14 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4785
Sep 05 - Nov 14 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

Renee Leduc

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$945.01

Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. This course is a HYBRID offering and will be taught F2F (face to face) and ONLINE for the Fall 202430 term: (F2F - 33 hours, ONLINE - 12 hours). Attendance and participation in all classes is important for success in the course. There is no required textbook and the instructor will distribute any course materials (if any) in class. MANDATORY pre-requisite FSCT 8150 must be completed before registering for this offering. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca.
Status

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed May 22, 2024 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful compleltion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Execute biological screening of forensic evidence utilizing presumptive and confirmatory tests for various body fluids.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills while conducting evidence examination and maintaining a chain of custody.
  • Perform DNA isolation from various biological materials.
  • Perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) experiments with a Short Tandem Repeat (STR) multiplex.
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of PCR experiments in the lab and in the field.
  • Conduct quantification of DNA samples including an analysis of the presence of PCR inhibitors.
  • Justify the importance of quality assurance and laboratory accreditation in the forensic laboratory.
  • Perform appropriate contamination control techniques.
  • Practice good laboratory safety including the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Outline the process of fragment analysis for forensic DNA typing.
  • Interpret single source and mixed DNA profiles including mixture deconvolution.
  • Apply Bayes Theorem, the laws of probability, and Hardy Weinberg equilibrium to the statistical analysis of forensic DNA evidence.
  • Perform various statistical calculations (Combined Probability of Inclusion, Random Match Probability and Likelihood Ratio) for DNA profiles.
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) while working in a team environment.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills to give effective presentations and write a comprehensive DNA report.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2015

Related Programs

Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications (FSCT 8160) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Science Full-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time

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