Course Details

Country: Australia
Course Title: Biological Criminalistics
Course Number: 65319
Course Description: This subject covers the role of a Forensic Biologist from the receipt of a packaged crime scene exhibit, through the examination and analysis of biological traces on the exhibit, to the interpretation and evaluation of the biological evidence for court. Students develop the skills required for locating and detecting biological material, along with DNA sampling, as would be conducted in an operational forensic science laboratory. Students gain experience in detection and collection of biologically relevant evidence (including blood and semen), which is extended through to the application of presumptive testing, confirmatory testing, and recovery of material for DNA analysis. Students also learn and apply the theory of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) from a guest BPA forensic practitioner. Finally, within varied case contexts, students learn how to evaluate biological evidence given propositions at each level within the Hierarchy of Propositions and how to avoid the source and activity level fallacies. This
Language: English
Approved Equivalent: Pending For Approval
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