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Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Theory FSCT 8150

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course provides instruction in forensic biology with a focus on current short tandem repeat (STR) technologies. The design of the course follows the logical progression of a forensic DNA case by including instruction in: evidence gathering and preservation techniques, the identification of biological evidence including presumptive and confirmatory testing, the extraction, quantitation and PCR amplification analysis strategies for common types of biological evidence (bodily fluids, hard and soft tissues and "touch" DNA), and the interpretation methods utilized for single-source profiles, mixed profiles, parentage and kinship scenarios. Each module also includes practical interpretation exercises based on real case work scenarios in order to underpin the theoretical aspects of this applied forensic discipline.


  • Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of FSCT 8150 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 45942


Tue Sep 06 - Fri Dec 02 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 45942
  • $811.71
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Dec 02 N/A N/A Online
Sep 09 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Oct 14 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Oct 28 N/A 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Nov 04 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Nov 25 Fri 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725

Jason Moore

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. James Currie is co-teaching this HYBRID offering of FSCT 8150. ONLINE: Starting Sept 6 – Dec 2, 2022, 2.5 hours per week (asynchronous – students can work through the course material and assignments at a time that is convenient for them. The rest of the course will include recorded lectures, discussions, and assignments. F2F (face to face): 5 in-person classes Friday (Sept 9, Oct 14th, Oct 28th, Nov 4th, Nov 25th) from 1800-2100. The midterm and final will also be on Fridays (the instructor(s) will advise students accordingly of the dates). For details on the required textbook, please check: (BCIT - FALL 2022 TERM - FSCT-FORENSIC SCIENCE). Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast “historical” and contemporary DNA Typing technologies.
  • Select proper evidence collection and handling techniques from a given crime scene (from the perspective of the forensic biologist).
  • Determine proper evidence recovery techniques for evidentiary items submitted to the laboratory for forensic DNA analysis.
    • Justify the choice of presumptive and/or confirmatory tests for specific types of DNA evidence.
    • Interpret the results of presumptive and/or confirmatory tests for biological fluids.
  • Explain proper DNA extraction (purification) methods.
    • Justify the choice of DNA purification method, consistent with the type of DNA evidence.
  • Differentiate the current DNA quantitation methods for DNA evidence.
    • Interpret DNA quantitation results with respect to subsequent DNA analysis methods.
  • Contrast the PCR-STR’s methods utilized for human identification applications.
    • Evaluate the quality of a single-source and mixed STR profiles for human identification applications.
  • Apply the statistical analysis methods pertinent to a forensic DNA analysis.
    • Interpret a single-source STR profile for human identification applications.
    • Interpret a mixed STR profile for human identification applications.
    • Conduct Random Match Probability, Likelihood Ratio, and Combined Probability of Inclusion calculations.
  • Discuss the fundamentals of DNA separation and detection utilizing a genetic analyzer.
  • Interpret challenging DNA profiles that are the result of degraded, low template or mixed DNA.
  • Justify alternative applications of STR technologies including the use in kinship and parentage cases.
  • Discuss the role of quality assurance in the lab and how it can help prevent or recognize laboratory errors.
  • Outline the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and explain the importance of DNA databases.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2015

Related Programs

Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Theory (FSCT 8150) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Science Full-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time


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