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FSCT 8160 - Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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)

FSCT 8150

Credits

3.0

Cost

$839.14

Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 77396

Sun Jan 05 - Thu Apr 02 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 02 Online
Jan 09 - Apr 02 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 BBY SW03 Rm. 4725
Jan 09 - Feb 27 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 BBY SW03 Rm. 4680

Instructor

Steen Hartsen

Course Outline

Cost

$839.14

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. 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.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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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

FSCT 8160 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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

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