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Human DNA Profiling (BIO599)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit applies forensic genetics (including the biology, technology and molecular techniques) to human DNA profiling. Students process crime scene exhibits through examination to analysis as they would in contemporary Forensic Biology laboratories. Interpretation of DNA evidence will be examined in detail. Students will analyse complex (mixed/degraded) profiles and apply statistical analyses involved in human population genetics. The unit will also provide the opportunity to develop key transferable skills including research techniques, critical analysis and communication skills.
Unit Learning Outcomes Knowledge
1. Students will have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
Students will have:
2. cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. specialised technical skills in the field of Forensic Biology
5. communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
Application of Knowledge and Skills
Students will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
7. to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical contexts
9. with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 28 hours over 11 teaching weeks; practical work or equivalent: 27hrs over 9 teaching weeks; seminar/workshop revision session: 1 x 5 hours in week 14.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning experience in this unit consists of structured lecture content that is carefully aligned with workshop and practical laboratory sessions to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained have a direct application to criminal investigation. Students will develop specific knowledge and skills relevant to the collection, amplification and interpretation of human DNA evidence and to the statistical interpretation of the data.
Assessment Assessment tests are based on the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge contained within the Unit modules on Human DNA profiling. The students will be assessed on a 2 hour theoretical test and on their practical/ laboratory reports.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or
Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) or
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice and Research)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradCertForSc(ProfessionalPractice)) [New in 2015]
Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (GradDipForSc(ProfessionalPractice))
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice and Research) (MForSc(ProfessionalPracticeRes))
Master of Forensic Science (Professional Practice) (MForSc(ProfessionalPractice)) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Brendan Chapman
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2270
e: Brendan.Chapman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.013 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mr Brendan Chapman
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2270
e: Brendan.Chapman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.013 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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