Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 520 Fundamentals of Forensic Biology Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 3 152 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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This course covers different disciplines in forensic biology, including basics of general and molecular biology, basic population biology, animal, plant and human anatomy and physiology, essentials of serology, human identification and individualization by phenotype markers and hair analysis, essentials of forensic palynology and forensic entomology. Population genetics employed during the statistical evaluation of data is covered. Also, analysis of the procedures and methodologies employed in the collectio

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to forensic biology, its history, its methods and applications to a court of law. The course will introduce the students to basic biology, basic genetics and population genetics as it applies to forensic biology. The course will also introduce the students to both human and non-human DNA typing techniques and instrumentation. It will also introduce the students to critical thinking and problem solving approaches. Acquirements of the basic skills in fundamental fields of forensic biology, in wide sense:

  1. Basic topics from fundamental and molecular biology
  2. Introduction to the population biology and genetics
  3. Animal, plant, and human anatomy and physiology; basic terms and definitions
  4. Essentials of plant and animal biology
  5. Introduction to the serology
  6. Individualization of the human skeletal remains by the analysis of phenotype markers
  7. Biological analysis of hair samples
  8. Applications of plant and animal traces in police and legal investigation
  9. Essentials of forensic palynology
  10. Essentials of forensic entomology
  11. Prospective directions of the development of forensic biology
  12. „Biological evidence” value in court of law
  13. „Biological evidence” value in court of law
  14. Review
  15. Final


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Actively participate in courses and begin to take responsibility for learning.
    • Gunn, A. (2009). Essential Forensic Biology. John Willey & Sons: Chichester, UK.
    • Coyle, H. M. (2005). Forensic Botany. CRC Press: New York City, NY, USA.
    • Gennard, D. (2007). Forensic Entomology. John Willey & Sons: Chichester, UK.
    • Various scientific papers

    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) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination21530
    Preparation for Final Examination12020
    Assignment / Homework/ Project21530
    Seminar / Presentation22040
    Total Workload: 152
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6