FRS 206: Forensic Microbiology     



Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. define and explain the scope of forensic microbiology, bioterrorism, agro-terrorism and biological warfare;
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of types of samples, sample collection techniques and sample matrix analysis for forensic microbiology purposes;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of techniques used in identifying causative biological agents of bioterrorism, agro-terrorism and biological warfare; and,
  4. explain the applications of forensic microbiology.

Course Contents

Definition and scope of forensic microbiology. Bboterrorism, agro-terrorism and biological warfare. Types of samples collected. Sample collection. Sample matrix analysis. Water sample analysis. DNA profiling. Techniques used in elucidating causative biological agents. Investigating a suspected bioterrorist attack. Postmortem microbiology (PMM) analysis. Applications of forensic microbiology.