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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Genetic & Pharmaceutical Analysis in Forensic
Module Code FSH401
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ciprian Briciu Burghina
Semester 2: Ciprian Briciu Burghina
Autumn: Ciprian Briciu Burghina
Module TeachersDenis Collins
Dermot Walls
Denise Harold
Ciprian Briciu Burghina
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To acquire a grounding in biological and chemical analytical methods that have applications in forensic science.

Learning Outcomes

1. outline the principle and applications of gene/profiling/DNA fingerprinting methods
2. critically appraise the technology and applications associated with mitochondrial and Y chromosome analysis
3. explain SNPs and their detection, and discuss their relevance in forensic biology
4. outline the principles of real-time PCR and describe its applications in forensic science
5. describe the area of forensic chemistry and the principal analytical techniques with which it is associated
6. explain the concept of trace evidence and its applications, particularly in relation to paint, glass, textile fibres and firearm residue
7. explain counterfeit products and the role of forensics and analytical techniques in identifying counterfeits - emphasis on pharmaceuticals and pesticides
8. explain the 'polluter pays' principle as applied to environmental forensics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lectures - synchronous and asynchronous
Independent Study62Literature and reference material
Directed learning35Directed learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Overview the development timeline in forensic biology

Overview genetic typing methods and their applications

Review of Mitochondrial and Y chromosome DNA analyses

Review SNPs, SNP typing methods and forensics

Review Real-time PCR and applications in forensics

Review forensic chemistry and associated analytical techniques

Review trace evidence including glass, paint, textiles/fibres, explosives and firearm residue

Review the 'polluter pays' principle in environmental forensics

Review of counterfeit products -pharmaceuticals and pesticides

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop ExamScheduled time-limited Loop exam50%n/a
Completion of online activityOnline assessments on Loop platform50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    ASBSc in Analytical Science
    SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
    SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
    Date of Last Revision02-FEB-11

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