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 + 2 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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Forensic science is the application of science to the law and encompasses various scientific disciplines. This course will introduce various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context. Real and fictitious forensic cases are used to introduce technique and theory, to demonstrate the how solving a case requires an interdisciplinary team approach and to allow you to practice your analytical and logical reasoning skills.

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.

  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
  15. Final


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Self Evaluation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Recitation
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam140
    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
    • 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)14228
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11414
    Preparation for Final Examination11515
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11818
    Seminar / Presentation11818
    Total Workload: 125
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5