PHA 6936 Special Topics in DNA and Serology
This one-credit course, which no longer requires students to attend campus for completion, consists of the final comprehensive examination and oral exam to fulfill the requirements for the MS program. The final written comprehensive examination will be taken online via ProctorU, and may be followed the day after with an oral exam conducted via Big Blue Button. Students should register for this course in their final semester of their MS degree. The University of Florida requires that you are registered for the following number of credits during the term you are graduating: Summer term: 2 credit hours; Fall/Spring term: 3 credit hours. Since the Special Topics course is only 1 credit, you will need to be sure you meet the credit requirement as noted above.
This course is scheduled to run each semester. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term. Students are required to pass this class in order to receive their MS degree.
Preparations should primarily focus on the detail presented in the core courses for your program Biological Evidence; Forensic Analysis of DNA, Blood Spatter and Distribution and Laboratory QAQC). In addition, students are expected to know the step by step examination, testing and analytical processes used in the forensic laboratory as well as important areas of overlap between courses.
Please note that you will have to take at least one full day off from work and/or other responsibilities to take the written exams. We do recommend taking additional time off before for final preparations and the day after the written in case an oral exam is required. We will attempt to schedule the exam during the day in your time zone. You will be informed by the instructor if you passed the written exams. Any oral exams will be scheduled after the written exams and need to be completed within 24 hours.
Outline of special topics schedule:
- Day 1 – Final Study and Preparation
- Day 2 – Morning: Essay paper, 3 hours; Afternoon: Short answer paper, 2 hours
- Day 3 – (BigBlueButton) Oral examination if needed
Students should login to this course on Canvas as they would with any other course. Use this site to ask study questions and receive further information about the special topics exams. The written exams will be proctored using ProctorU (please see technical requirements on this website: https://www.proctoru.com/tech-requirements/).
More information about ProctorU including student orientation is provided on their website: https://www.proctoru.com/students/. Here is a brief video that introduces how the exam can be taken on your computer: https://youtu.be/4eZYqP02nd4
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Donna Wielbo.
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