QUANTITATIVE REASONING FOUNDATION: DNA EVIDENCE IN A COURT OF LAW
2012/2013, Semester 1
University Scholars Programme (University Scholars Programme)
Modular Credits: 4
This topic-based module develops quantitative reasoning skills through a structured analysis of an important but accessible problem, imparting to students the appreciation that, for many questions/issues, a quantitative analysis can provide the insight and clarity that complements and indeed moves beyond what might be gained through a qualitative approach. While the most important element of the class will be a hands-on quantitative exploration of the problem in question, students will conclude by considering the limits of quantitative analysis in the chosen case. This particular instance of the module is on the evaluation of DNA evidence in a court of law.
Not applicable to USP First-Tier modules. USP Advanced modules (Course-Based Modules, CBMs) may state general pre-requisite skills/knowledge. Prerequisites should not make reference to NUS modules.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: People vs Collins.
Week 3: Proportions.
Week 4: Probability.
Week 5: Transposition fallacy
Week 6: Genetics - one locus
Week 7: Uncertainty, Bayesianism
Week 8: Genetics - multiple loci
Week 9: Sampling
Week 10: Presentations
Week 11: Presentations
Week 13: Conclusions
First paper 10%
Final paper 20%
1: Ho Shi Yun, Michelle Loke, Shiv Tandan, Zhao Yikun
2: Avinash, Clarissa Koh, Janell Lim, Zhang Menghan
3: Dea, Shameera, Tiffany, Zhang Shuang
4: Cheryl Ng, Florence Tang, Tok Kheng Leng, Wang Zi
5: Divya, Gladys Lee, Quek Shi Yun, Wang Shu
6: Valerie Chan, Goh Hui Ying, Li Mengzhu, Ong Hua Xin
Not applicable to USP modules.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week