FRS508 - Forensic DNA Evidence for Investigators

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Subject Title
Forensic DNA Evidence for Investigators

Subject Description
The use of evidence has a profound impact on criminal investigations, resulting in a more reliable identification of criminals as well as the establishment of innocence of accused persons. This course provides students with knowledge about DNA legislation within the Criminal Code, practical aspects of DNA science including sources of DNA, how to acquire warrants for obtaining samples and ensure their validity in court, the National DNA data bank as well as current case law and legal issues. 

Credit Status
One credit in the Forensic Investigative Studies program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Articulate the biological structure and makeup of DNA.
2. Explain the evidenciary value of DNA as it pertains to criminal investigations. 
3. Successfully apply for a DNA warrant.
4. Collect a selection of DNA evidence samples from persons via a warrant.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of Part XV of the Criminal Code of Canada with respect to forensic DNA evidence and investigative procedures.
6. Display practical knowledge of Criminal Code search warrant requirements with respect to biological samples.
7. Adhere to NCCLS Standards in the collection of biological samples for the investigation of DNA.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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