Special Topics Courses

The Forensic Science Program offers a variety of special topics courses that provide a survey of recent developments in theory and applications of forensic science with particular attention to case studies in a particular branch of forensic science.

This year's topics include:

FSC350H5S LEC0101 Physical Evidence and Microscopy
Forensic Science examines physical evidence in relation to the law. There are a number of scientific techniques used to characterize physical evidence, but perhaps the most utilized technique is microscopy. In this course, students will practice how to process and characterize trace evidence using a number of different microscopy techniques, such as stereomicroscope, polarized light microscope (PLM), comparison microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and confocal microscope. The theory and operation behind each microscopy technique will be discussed during lecture, while students will have the opportunity to operate the different microscopes during laboratory sessions.

Prerequisite:  FSC239Y/P.I.


FSC350H5S LEC0102 Forensic Psychopathology

Prerequisite:  FSC239Y/P.I.
FSC350H5S LEC0103 Missing Persons DVI and Unidentified Human Remains
The goal of this course is to gain a basic understanding of the case management involved in missing persons, disaster victim identification, and unidentified human remains cases.  Topics covered will include the interdisciplinary interactions between anthropology, odontology, fingerprinting and forensic genetics in the identification and databasing of both missing persons and recovered unidentified human remains. 
Prerequisite:  ANT202H5 / BIO207H5 (Priority given first to FSC SPE, FSC MAJ then FSC MIN)
FSC350H5S LEC0104 DNA Typing using Massively Parallel Sequencing
This course will explore Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS), a next-generation technology used for DNA typing in research and many clinical areas.  The focus will be on forensic applications of the MPS technology, however other uses such as health and disease research, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and potential RNA and protein applications will also be discussed. 
Prerequisite:  ANT202H5 / BIO207H5 (Priority given first to FSC SPE, FSC MAJ then FSC MIN)