Course: Forensic Chemistry

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Course title Forensic Chemistry
Course code KBC/FOC
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Drábek Jiří, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course is divided into the following lectures: 1) History of forensic science, forensic laboratory 2) Procedures: sample collection from the crime scene, analysis, report, expert witnessing 3) Organic analysis: gas chromatography, spectrometry, mass spectroscopy, ion chromatography, capillary electrophoresis; Inorganic analysis: atomic emission spectrum, atomic absorption spectrum, rentgen 4) Physical-chemical analysis: microscope, fingerprints, (guns), fiber, dyes, soil, trasology, document and banknote analysis, voice analysis, glass analysis 5) Forensic serology 6) DNA profiling 7) Documentation 8) Quantification of the evidence strength by Bayes theorem 9) Fire, arson, and explosives 10) Drugs and poisons 11) Autopsy, forensic expert

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Demonstration
  • Preparation for the Exam - 60 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to teach students how to use chemical knowledge and skill to obtain the evidence for forensic use.
To acquire main concepts and approaches in forensic chemistry, to recognize expert and uncertainty role in the trial.
Future experts and future lawyers are welcome.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam

Exam is passed by successfuly written test (correct answering at least 40 questions out of 80) plus correctly answered of supplementary oral question.
Recommended literature
  • Butler J. Forensic DNA Typing: Biology and Technology Behind STR Markers. Academic Press.
  • Saferstein R.E. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science. Prentice Hall.
  • Suchánek J., Konrád Z. Vybrané kapitoly úvodu do kriminalistiky a kriminalistické techniky. Armex Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Bioinformatics (1) Informatics courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Molecular and Cell Biology (2015) Biology courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Biochemistry (1) Chemistry courses 1 Summer