NATS 7058 Forensic Analysis of DNA 2

Credit Points 10

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Description Forensic Analysis of DNA 2 is a continuation of 301148 Forensic Analysis of DNA where students learn about the methods routinely used for the isolation of DNA from cells and techniques applied to DNA quantitation and electrophoretic separation, as well as data analysis, interpretation and reporting. In DNA 2, students learn how to interpret DNA data to include mixture deconvolution and the statistics that apply to DNA matches/inclusions. Modules also guide the student through the basis of Y-STR and Kinship testing statistical applications. Students will also learn the report writing, review and testimony skills required of a DNA analyst. This unit is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture with Western Sydney University. (Note: This unit description is as provided by the University of Florida; see: https://forensicscience.ufl.edu/programs/courses/forensic-analysis-of-dna-2/)

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NATS 7019

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

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of undergraduate-level chemistry and biology is assumed as well as good general knowledge regarding the forensic analysis of DNA as provided by the pre-requisite subject (301148 Forensic Analysis of DNA), for example.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Understand the basic steps of data analysis
  2. Differentiate artefacts from alleles
  3. Understand what DNA data looks like in and out of the optimal range
  4. Understand how to differentiate single source samples from mixtures
  5. Understand the steps taken to deconvolute mixtures
  6. Understand the use of assumptions in mixture interpretation
  7. Understand the significance of a match
  8. Calculate random match probability and likelihood ratios
  9. Understand when Y-STR analysis is to be utilised
  10. Calculate Y-STR statistics for matches
  11. Understand kinship testing scenarios
  12. Calculate a Paternity Index
  13. Understand common requirements and content of laboratory reports
  14. Understand the purpose of the review process in DNA casework
  15. Understand the basis and limitations of expert testimony

Subject Content

1.DNA Data Analysis
2.Autosomal STR Interpretation
3.Mixture Deconvolution 1
4.Mixture Deconvolution 2
5.Significance of a match and calculating statistics
6.Y-STR testing
7.Kinship Testing
8.Report Writing, Review and Testimony

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Multiple-choice quiz at the end of each unit module (x8) 8 x 30 minutes 40 N Individual
Short-answer and data analysis assessment at the end of each unit module (x8) 8 x 60 minutes 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Interpretation John Butler 1st Edition (2014), Academic Press ISBN 9780124052130 (Available online to WSU students via https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uwsau/detail.action?docID=1770238)

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

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2022 Trimester 2

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