FSP 403 Forensic Biology & Serology

Mode of Study -- Online/Distance
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    Course Outline

    Forensic Biology & Serology, as the name clarifies is the study related to the examination of bodily/biological fluids (blood, semen, saliva, urine, vaginal discharge etc.) found at a crime scene, in order to be presented before the court of law. Other than the examination of bodily fluids, this subject also includes the determination of species of origin and the grouping of bloodstains. One of the basic principles of Forensic Science is to maintain the integrity of the encountered evidences at the crime scene by maintaining an apt and systematic collection and preservation process, ensuring the point that during the transportation no evidence gets contaminated. Therefore, due to this fact the prime duty of the investigating officer is to emphasis on an appropriate manner of collection and preservation of the fragile evidences.

     

    Within this course structure, students will be taught theoretically as well as practically regarding the mechanism that works behind the examination of bodily fluids as blood, saliva etc. The students will be taught about the preliminary (Benzidine and Phenolphthalein tests) and confirmatory tests (Teichmann, Takayama and Wagenaar tests) of blood and their significances independently.

     

    Under this course structure, students will be provided with a detailed information regarding what all evidences can be encountered commonly at a crime scene, what activities might have taken place at the crime scene before the crime was committed, for instance: the presence of semen may direct that a possible physical intimacy must have occurred, may be consensually or vehemently. Likewise, the presence of blood may denote certain signs of struggle and physical violent at the crime scene. Therefore, the investigator should have the ability to link the evidences with the incidents that might have taken place. The forensic value of each evidence is of great help in solving the mysteries, therefore students will be practically exposed to the mock crime scenes where they will be able to judge their capabilities and nurture their skills to prepare themselves as future Forensic Investigators.