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Forensic Biology
(dt. Forensische Biologie)

Level, degree of commitment Profile module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Recitation class 1 „Einführung in die forensische Biologie“ (,
180 hours (recitation class 1: 10 h recitation class 2 mit Exkursion: 50 h private study inkl. Vorbereitung and Ablegen der Prüfungen: 120 h)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s):
Examination type: Written assignment
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Biologie.
Zweiwöchige Blockveranstaltung,
Jedes 2. Semester, am Ende der vorlesungsfreien Zeit des Sommersemesters
Person in charge of the module's outline Brändle, Bucher, Farwig, Liepelt (V), Morzfeld, N.N., Rexer, Ritter, Schabo, Schleenbecker, Ziegenhagen


In exercise 1

Teaching of general and methodological principles in forensics; possibilities and limits of forensics; examples from case work; work as an expert witness in court

In exercise 2 with excursion

Teaching of relevant methods of forensics in the fields of molecular biology (isolation of genomic DNA from saliva samples, microsatellite PCR with genomic DNA, genotyping using allelic ladders), population genetics (calculation of identity probabilities and exclusion percentages) and α-taxonomy (identification of organisms relevant in forensics as well as their ontogenetic stages, if applicable); visit to the Federal Criminal Police Office or workshop with BKA staff.

Qualification Goals

Students will be introduced to the basics of forensic biology. The theory is to be consolidated in the process. Students will be familiarized with the specific methods used in forensic science. Special emphasis will be placed on the transferability and application of molecular and taxonomic methods to solve forensic problems.




Module imported from B.Sc. Biologie.

When studying B.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Biology.

Recommended Reading

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