INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
2013-2014

SYLLABUS
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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COURSE OBJECTIVE
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.Describing how gender, mitochondrial, and Y-chromosomal DNA analyses are performed.
5.Analyzing genetic diversity in human populations.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Presentation of Syllabus and Course
  2. Introduction and History of Forensic Science
  3. Crime Scene Investigation
  4. The Nature of Evidence
  5. Microscopy, Chromatography, Separation methods
  6. Analysis of Hair and Fibers
  7. Document and Fingerprint Analysis
  8. Forensic Pathology
  9. Forensic Anthropology and Odontology
  10. Forensic Entomology
  11. Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  12. DNA Analysis,
  13. Forensic Toxicology, Illicit Drugs
  14. Firearms and Tool Marks, Impression Evidence

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Alphonse Bertillon
  2. Edmond Locard
  3. Sir Alec Jeffreys
  4. Henry Lee
  5. Case Study: Colin Pitchfork
  6. Case Study: OJ Simpson
  7. Case Study: John Taylor
  8. Case Study: The Stratton Brothers

  1. Case Study: Dr. Sam Sheppard
  2. Case Study: Anastasia
  3. Case Study: John Wayne Gacy
  4. Case Study: Malcolm Fairley
  5. Case Study: Gordon Hay
  6. Review

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Lectures
  • Presentation
  • Seminar
  • Self Evaluation
  • Project
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Recitation
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)30
Presentation20
Final Exam150
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Introducing to various disciplines and methodologies in the forensic sciences
  • Understanding the nature of evidence and importance of CSI processing
  • 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.
  • Usage all sorts of forensic and genetic analysis methods in processing human, animal and plant biological trace samples
  • Understanding the roles numerous scientific disciplines play in crime investigations
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Houck MM, Siegel JA. Fundamentals of Forensic Science. London: Elsevier Academic Press; 2010.
  • Butler JM. Fundamentals of DNA Typing: USA Elsevier Academic Press; 2010.
  • Gunn A. Essential Forensic Biology (2nd edition). Chichester: John Willey & Sons; 2009.

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