Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 343 Introduction to Forensic Science Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 5 2 + 2 64 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Serkan DOĞAN, Assist. Prof. Dr. Serkan DOĞAN, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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1.Introducing to various disciplines and methodologies in the forensic sciences
2.Understanding the roles numerous scientific disciplines play in crime investigations
3.Gaining experience analyzing forensic data to identify culprits and exonerate the innocent
4. Comparing and contrast DNA isolation procedures.
5. describe how gender, mitochondrial, and Y-chromosomal DNA analyses are performed.
6.Analyzing genetic diversity in human populations.
7.list types of organisms from which DNA are commonly analyzed for forensic purposes.

  1. Presentation of Syllabus and Course
  2. Introduction to Forensic Science
  3. Overview and History of Forensic Science and DNA Typing
  4. Basics of DNA Biology and Genetics
  5. Historical Methods of DNA Typing
  6. Sample Collection, Storage, and Characterization
  7. DNA Extraction & DNA Quantitation
  8. DNA Amplification (The Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  9. Short Tandem Repeat Markers
  10. DNA Separation and Detection & STR Genotyping and Data Interpretation
  11. Statistical Interpretation: Evaluating the Strength of Forensic DNA Evidence
  12. DNA Databases & Additional Loci and Nonhuman DNA Testing
  13. Y Chromosome and mtDNA Testing
  14. Applications of DNA Typing & Case Study & Paternity testing


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Self Evaluation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • - usage all sorts of forensic and genetic analysis methods in processing human, animal and plant biological trace samples
    • - collecting forensic samples for DNA analysis
    • - getting experience in all sorts of theoretical knowledge in forensic science based on newest methods of DNA technology and its usage in legal medicine and juridical procedures.
    • - identification based on low-copy DNA samples commonly used for identification of crime perpetrators, mass disaster casualties and paternity testing
    • - understanding techniques currently used in forensic genetics including short tandem repeats (STR) analysis and interpretation, population genetics and mitochondrial and Y chromosome markers.
    • • Butler JM. Fundamentals of DNA Typing: USA Elsevier Academic Press; 2010.
    • • Butler JM. Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology, Technology and Genetics of STR Markers (2nd edition). London: Elsevier Academic Press; 2012.
    • • Gunn A. Essential Forensic Biology (2nd edition). Chichester: John Willey & Sons; 2009.
    • • Houck MM, Siegel JA. Fundamentals of Forensic Science. London: Elsevier Academic Press; 2006.
    • • Various scientific papers from the journals

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)16464
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination50
    Total Workload: 64
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 3