Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
PhD Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 621 Forensic Anthropology Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 92 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović, Prof. Dr.
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During this course, students are expected to grasp the basic terms and methods related to the field of forensic anthropology. In order to successfully complete the course, all students should be able to understand the ways of analysis of human skeletal and dental remains in order to identify the person. Additionally, students should be able to put the role of forensic anthropologist into the broader context of police investigations that include the analysis of human remains. General course objectives include the development of academic excellence in studying and research, making the students familiar with reading the relevant scientific articles, and further development of good working habits.

  1. Introduction to forensic anthropology
  2. Basic osteology of the human body
  3. Dental analysis
  4. Data collection and computer analysis
  5. Determination of sex
  6. Determination of age–at–death
  7. Personal biology
  8. Determination of stature
  9. Comparison of postmortem and antemortem data
  10. Trauma analysis


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Self Evaluation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Students who take this course will gain an understanding of the methods currently used to differentiate between human and animal remains, forensic and archaeological remains, determination of sex, and age–at–death from unidentified skeletal and dental remains.
    • Students will also gain an understanding of the methods currently used in the positive identification of unknown skeletal remains when the DNA analysis is not an option.
    • Students will learn to distinguish between postmortem, antemortem, and perimortem traumas and learn how to determine the number of and direction from which the fractures were inflicted.
    • Byers, S.N. 2011. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, 4th ed. Pearson.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)133
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination12525
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 360
    Seminar / Presentation 360
    Total Workload: 92
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4