65319 Biological Criminalistics6cp; Forms of attendance in this subject have changed to enable social distancing and reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in our community. There may also have been changes to the assessment requirements. Consequently, the Subject Outline information for this subject has changed. Details of the changes may be published in an Addendum to the Subject Outline which is available through your LMS (Blackboard or Canvas).
Requisite(s): 65316 Criminalistics AND 65342 Crime Scene Investigation
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 and interpretation, 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 the theory of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) from a guest BPA forensic practitioner and go on to apply this theory within the crime scene simulation suite.
Finally, students learn how to evaluate biological evidence within varied case contexts, culminating in the application of the biological test results to aid in addressing activity level propositions for the court, presented as both written and oral evidence. Interactive lectures are complemented by practical laboratory and crime scene sessions, along with computer and classroom workshops.
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