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65319 Biological Criminalistics

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 3hpw (practical)
Requisite(s): 65316 Criminalistics AND 65342 Crime Scene Investigation


The focus of this subject is on developing the skills required for locating and detecting biological material, as would be conducted in an operational forensic science laboratory. Students gain experience in detection and collection of biologically relevant evidence (including blood, semen and saliva) which is extended through to the application of presumptive testing, confirmatory testing, and recovery of the material of DNA analysis. Additionally, skills such as blood pattern analysis and the application of luminol for blood detection, is taught in the crime scene simulation suites.

The subject culminates in applying the knowledge of the biological test results to aid in addressing activity level propositions for the court, and ultimately students undergo a moot court exercise to help complete their understanding of forensic biology examinations, from crime scene to court.

Lectures are complemented by practical sessions, some of which are conducted in the Forensic Search Rooms and Crime Scene Simulation facility.

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