MOLECULES, HUMANS AND ANIMALS

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Code
105332
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
2 credits during the 3nd year of 8762 Biological Sciences (L-13) GENOVA

2 credits during the 2nd year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/05
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Biological Sciences)
semester
1° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate:

a) a general understanding of the “crime scene investigation” process;

b) a general knowledge of the biological/natural discipline applied to the forensic context;

c) a general understanding of the impact of insects in the human and animal life (eg.: food contamination, diseases spread, etc.);

d) a detailed knowledge about the role of the insect in body decomposition and their use in the estimation of the post mortem interval;

e) a general knowledge about the role of DNA alysis in the forensic contexts such as violent crimes, crimes agains the natural heritage and illegal trade and frauds. 

In addition students will be able to:

a) select the most appropiate biological disciplines depending on the forensic scenario;

b) identify the main insects associated with a body decomposition;

c) estimate, critically the PMI using the entomological method;

d) Identify the most important entomological taxa associated with food;

e) put in the correct context the utility of DNA analysis.

TEACHING METHODS

The module teaching is based on lectures and work group. Attendance to lectures and practical group activities is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.
Lectures are delivered with multimedia supports.
During the first term, lectures will be potentially delivered in presence, however online attendance will be guaranteed with synchronous or asynchronous registration. Practicals will be delivered in presence. In case of a big class it will be slit in smaller groups. 
All the in-presence activities will be delivered according to the university and national rules related with the COVID-19 emergency.
Because of the current COVID-19 emergency, students are invited to check regularly the module website (AulaWeb ) to be updated on any teaching variation.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The module will present the foloowing topics: 
• the forensic process (crime scene, evidence, etc);
• the forensic sciences;
• insects of forensic interest;
• waves of colonization and the PMI estimation;
• crime against the wildlife and the environment;
• Role of DNA in crime investigation and other legal issues.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Al the teaching material wil be available on the module website (Aulaweb). Books are available in the library or can be visioned in the lecturers' office.
The follwoing books are suggested:
-Tilstone, W.J.; Hastrup, M.L.; Hald, C. 2012 Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, First International Edition. CRC Press.
-Gunn A. Essential Forensic Biology  2019, 3rd edition, Willey.
-David B. Rivers, Gregory A. Dahlem 2014. The Science of Forensic Entomology. Willey Blackwell .

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Specific questions will be answered at the end of the scheduled classes, in addition students may book an appointment by e-mail (stefano.vanin@unige.it)

Exam Board

STEFANO VANIN (President)

MIRCA ZOTTI

LAURA CORNARA (President Substitute)

GRAZIA CECCHI (Substitute)

SIMONE DI PIAZZA (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The module teaching is based on lectures and work group. Attendance to lectures and practical group activities is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.
Lectures are delivered with multimedia supports.
During the first term, lectures will be potentially delivered in presence, however online attendance will be guaranteed with synchronous or asynchronous registration. Practicals will be delivered in presence. In case of a big class it will be slit in smaller groups. 
All the in-presence activities will be delivered according to the university and national rules related with the COVID-19 emergency.
Because of the current COVID-19 emergency, students are invited to check regularly the module website (AulaWeb ) to be updated on any teaching variation.

LESSONS START

Timetable is available at the following webpage: http://www.distav.unige.it/ccsbiologia/orario-lezioni Please check it regularly.

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Student have to sit to two assesments, one per each CFU.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Details about the assesments and the evaluation process will be explained by the lectureres during the teaching period.

The assesment about the zoological topic will be a written report in order to test the ability of the student to apply the acquired knowledge to a realistic scenario. The other assesment will be an oral examination.

Oral examination will allow the lecturer to verify  the ability of the students to present in a clear, critical and professional way the theoretical components of the different components of the module

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
25/01/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
08/02/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
19/02/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
01/04/2021 15:30 GENOVA Orale
15/06/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
29/06/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
13/07/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
03/09/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2021 09:30 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance to the lectures and other activities is stronly suggested.