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.
This is a hybrid course. ONLINE: Jan 5–Apr 10, IN CLASS: Thursdays Jan 9–Apr 9. NO CLASS Feb 20, 2020. For details on the textbook required, please check: bcitbookstore.ca/bcit . 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. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics.
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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
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