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Introduction to Forensic Biology

Code: 83781
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Inga Urlić
Lecturers: dr. sc. Katarina Caput Mihalić - Seminar
izv. prof. dr. sc. Inga Urlić - Seminar

dr. sc. Katarina Caput Mihalić - Practicum
doc. dr. sc. Petar Projić - Practicum
dr. sc. Lucija Šerić Jelaska - Practicum
doc. dr. sc. Vedrana Škaro - Practicum

dr. sc. Katarina Caput Mihalić - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Petar Projić - Lectures
dr. sc. Lucija Šerić Jelaska - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Vedrana Škaro - Lectures
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English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Learning outcomes:

1. to uderstand decomposition of the human body
2. to determine time of death usimg forensic parameters
3. to understand biological methods in forensic science
4. to determine kinship by DNA analysis
5. to analyze fingerprints and hair

Course Content:

1. Human body decomposition
2. Body fluids and waste products
3. Genomic and mitochondrial DNA analysis
4. Human tissues - skin, hair, bones, teeth
5. Mass disaster victim identification
5. Animals in forensics - emphasis on entomology
6. Protist, plants, fungi in forensics - emphasis on diatoms
7. Bacteria and viruses - emphasis on bioterrorism

Lab work:

1. determination of coprophilic insects and their use for PMI assesment
2. determination of diatom algae and their use in plase of drowning assesment
3. analysis of human and animal hair
4. DNA analysis and kinship assessment

Active discussion of students and teacher on defined topics
  1. Alan Gunn, Essential Forensic Biology (2009) Wiley-Blackwell, UK
    Anthony Bertino, Forensic Science - Fundamentals and Investigations, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2012
    Siegel and Mirakovits, Forensic Science, the basics, CRC Press, 2010.
6. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Molecular Biology
Consultations schedule: