umuc biol320 final project ppt

Research Project
Addresses Course Outcomes
·
recognize and apply the scientific method to forensic evidence to make
decisions and solve problems
·
synthesize and apply forensic science knowledge and methods to evaluate
evidence and perform casework
·
effectively communicate forensic information in an ethical manner to
legal and other stakeholders for application in legal processes, publications,
and policy decisions
The Research Project has two parts: (1) Your final research project
submitted to the Week 8 conference and to your Assignment folder and (2)
Submission to Conference Week 8 and comments to the Research Projects of at
least 2 classmates. Comments should adhere to the expectations about conference
discussions described in the syllabus above.
The Final Research Project can be presented in a variety of formats. You
will be free to choose whether you will create a:
Powerpoint with fully detailed narration (detailed text in the Notes
section that include citations). The Powerpoint presentation could be based on
a case study or crime scene investigation, or be based on any of the topics
provided below. The PowerPoint presentation must also meet the Research Paper criteria
discussed below.
Case Study
Crime Scene Investigation
Informational website
Training document for investigators
Communication report to stakeholders
Investigative Report for a fictional newspaper
Educational materials to be used by high school teachers (includes
lecture notes for the teacher and hands-on learning activities for high school
students)
Public service announcement to inform the public about one of the topics
below (provide all the text and reference sources; must still meet all the criteria
for the paper described below)
In addition to depth of knowledge of the subject matter, your paper will
be evaluated for clarity, proper sentence and paragraph structure, and proper
resource citation. Please see the writing resources listed above in the
syllabus and also check with the Effective Writing Center (EWC) if you need
additional assistance.
Reference citations must be provided in APA format. Check with the UMUC
Effective Writing Center (EWC) if you require help with this format. There
should be a minimum of 10 references and at least three of them **must** be
original, primary research articles. The original research references
(publications) may come from the journals, Journal of Forensic Sciences,
Forensic Science International, or other peer-reviewed sources.
A General overall Forensic Information Sources Link: HYPERLINK
“.library.ucsb.edu/istl/03-spring/internet.html”>http://www.library.ucsb.edu/istl/03-spring/internet.html”
http://www.library.ucsb.edu/istl/03-spring/internet.html
The Following are Suggested Topics for Research Investigation
for the Forensic Biology 320 Research Project:Novel topics in forensic
biology are welcome! Novel topics must be first approved by your
instructor by the third week of the course.
Forensic Biology Databases (Thoroughly, Research one of the
following: Including CODIS, STRbase, mtDNAdatabases, Y-STR Databases,
Fingerprint Databases, Hair Databases, Biometric Databases, Facial
Recognition/Databases, Iris Recognition/Databases, Voice Recognition/Databases,
Forensic Information or Interactive Databases).
National Academy of Sciences
Report: Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A
Path Forward.(Thoroughly research this report and it’s recommendations
for the forensic field, then include your opinion of whether or not an
independent government agency should be formed, the National Institute of
Forensic Sciences). Link:
HYPERLINK
“http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12589&page=281″http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12589&page=281
Forensic Serology Testing. Detailed study of serological
testing and applications.
Forensic Botany. We don’t cover this in class, but it is certainly
a valid forensic field of study.
Forensic Entomology. Forensically relevant studies of insects, such
as post mortem interval, detection of human DNA from certain insects, such as
mosquitos, lice, ticks etc.
Fish and Wildlife applications of Forensics: Novel applications and
methods used in Fish and Wildlife cases.
Animal Forensics: Forensic DNA Identification of domestic animals.
Forensic Hair Analysis. Forensic Hair comparisons and studies.
Forensic DNA Analysis. Short Tandem Repeat (STR) New Developments,
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) used in Forensics, mitochondrial DNA
analysis (mtDNA) new developments, X chromosomal STR’studies and
Y chromosomal STR studies. HYPERLINK
“http://www.cstl.nist.gov/strbase/” http://www.cstl.nist.gov/strbase/
Microbial Forensics. Forensic studies related to microorganisms.
Forensic Toxicology. New methods and applications, Forensic testing
of designer/synthetic drugs. HYPERLINK
“http://home.lightspeed.net/~abarbour/vlibft.html” http://home.lightspeed.net/~abarbour/vlibft.html
Forensic Pathology. Medical Examiners, Death Investigations. Forensic
Pathology novel findings in cases.
Forensic Biology Validation Studies: Research on validation studies
done for a particular subject in Forensic Biology, e.g. DNA, fingerprints, etc.
You are expected to submit a Final version of this Research Project to
the Week 8 conference at the beginning of Week 8 and to your Assignment Folder.
Use the Research Assignment Calculator to track the development of your
research project to help ensure that you will complete it in time for
submission at the beginning of Week 8.

·
recognize and apply the scientific method to forensic evidence to make
decisions and solve problems
·
synthesize and apply forensic science knowledge and methods to evaluate
evidence and perform casework
·
effectively communicate forensic information in an ethical manner to
legal and other stakeholders for application in legal processes, publications,
and policy decisions

The written take home final examination represents the final assessment
for this class. This exam, which is non-proctored, will be provided by
your instructor on a specified date and time. You will have 48 hours from
the time that this exam is made available to complete and submit your time
final exam. Failure to submit the timed final exam document to your
instructor within the 48-hour time period will result in your exam not
being accepted. Use of your textbook, notes, or other resources is
strongly discouraged. The final exam may consist of multiple choice,
fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essay questions.
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