CVB225 Forensic Biology and Analytical Toxicology

Unit synopsis

The extensive use of biological evidence to identify victims and offenders as well as indicate attempts to control victims prior to abuse or attack has had a significant bearing on the course of law enforcement investigations, criminal court proceedings, and victim service providers. DNA evidence arguably has become the most well-known type of forensic evidence, probably because it can be uniquely identifying and because it is the genetic blueprint of the human body. In addition, analytical toxicology has become an essential tool to identify some the conditions under which a crime was attempted. For these reasons, DNA and toxicology evidence have become a highly influential piece of the crime puzzle. In this unit students will be introduced to the concepts of DNA profiling and analytical toxicology and their applications in forensic case work. Students will develop the necessary skills for analysing and interpreting the DNA and toxicology evidences. Students will also be introduced to the basic concepts of forensic anthropology. This learning will be through the study of the theory, hands-on practices relevant to real life scenarios as well as training on the forensic interpretation of the evidence.

Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School/Discipline
Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Study area
Science and mathematics
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 2, 2019 22 July 2019 - 15 November 2019
  • Gardens Point

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2019: $1,169
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2019: $4,464
International student fee (excluding study abroad students)
2019: $4,896
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Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Anti-requisites
LQB680, PQB680

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
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Anti-requisites
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Co-requisites
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Equivalents
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Assumed knowledge
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Unit outlines