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

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 534 Fundamentals of Forensic Biology Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
7.5 95 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
, Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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The objective of this course is to introduce the student to Forensic Biology, its history, its methods and its 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.

  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. Midterm Examination.
  9. Applications of Plant and Animal traces in police and legal investigation.
  10. Essentials of Forensic Palynology.
  11. Essentials of Forensic Entomology.
  12. Prospective directions of the development of Forensic Biology.
  13. „Biological evidence” value in court of law.
  14. Final Examination.


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Understanding of basic biological specialties of cells, tissues, organs and body functions.
    • Cognition of the basic principles of population and molecular biology, cytology, anatomy and physiology.
    • Cognition and analyzing application possibilities of broadband forensic-biological methods in human, animal and plant biological traces processing.
    • Understanding of broadband theoretical and practice experience in forensic sciences with accent on the newest methods in forensic biology and their application in forensic medicine and legal procedure.
    • Understanding and application of broadband serological methods used in forensic science.
    • Gunn A. Essential Forensic Biology. 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)16348
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)16232
    Midterm Examination (1 week)155
    Final Examination(1 week)11010
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination7.50
    Total Workload: 95
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4