NATS 7019 Forensic Analysis of DNA

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301148

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Description This unit will introduce students to the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters using DNA technologies, including the methods routinely used for the isolation of DNA from cells and techniques applied to DNA quantitation, electrophoretic separation, sequence determination, as well as data interpretation, analysis and reporting. This unit is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture between the University of Florida and Western Sydney University. Note: Further information on this unit is available from the University of Florida.

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 3741 Master of Forensic Science, 3742 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science or 3743 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. To understand the methods routinely used in DNA isolation, preparation and amplification
  2. To know the methods available for DNA quantitation and their advantages and disadvantages
  3. To be familiar with the range of historical and current DNA markers used in forensic analysis
  4. To know the limitations of contaminated and mixed samples and the optimum means for their analysis
  5. To understand the principles of DNA separation techniques including slab gel and capillary electrophoresis
  6. To know the processes of hybridization and DNA visualization techniques and their advantages and disadvantages
  7. To understand the processes for data interpretation and the statistical evaluation processes associated with identity and paternity testing
  8. To understand the legal and forensic implications of DNA fingerprinting for purposes of court room testimony

Subject Content

Module 1 DNA Introduction
Module 2 Quality Assurance and Performance Optimization
Module 3 DNA Isolation
Module 4 Assessment of Extracted DNA and Amplification
Module 5 Introduction to Data Collection and Interpretation
Module 6 Significance of a Match and Calculating Statistics
Module 7 Evaluation and Triage of DNA Samples
Module 8 Paternity and Identification

Prescribed Texts

  • Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology Author John Butler 1st Edition, August 4, 2011 ISBN 9780123745132

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

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2022 Trimester 2

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2022 Trimester 3

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