Forensic Medicine (MED406) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Forensic Medicine MED406 18 18 0 1 2
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To understand the objective of the forensic medicine, framework, units and history, asphyxia, unexpected deaths, sexual assault, forensic toxicology, postmortem changes and autopsy process.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define the field of forensic science and medicine, recount the scope and history.
  • Design a flowchart of a forensic approach and observation of casualties.
  • State the rules and regulations on reporting forensic cases and compile a report.
  • State the authentication process and reporting principles.
  • Define, classify and characterize the contusion.
  • State the cause of asphyxia and the evidence from autopsy.
  • State the medical malpractice and reporting procedure.
  • State the sudden deaths, etiopathogenesis and evidence from autopsy.
  • State the intoxication types, reporting and evidence from autopsy.
  • State the principles of collecting evidence and reporting regulations.
  • State the postmortem changes and formation mechanism.
  • Define the process of examination of and reporting the corpse.
  • List the methods of forensic DNA analysis.
  • Review an autopsy report in terms of content and construction.
  • State the principles of approaching the disability cases and reporting regulations.
Course Content Legal responsibilities of physician, death, forensic autopsy, forensic toxicology, gunshot wounds, identification, child abuse, expertise and medical malpractice, forensic psychiatry, sexual crimes, forensic DNA - biological sample collection and analysis, matter related disorders, mobbing, disability reports, forensic osteology, forensic report.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Doctor’s legal liability, Introduction to forensic science, Wounds, Judicial report, Death, Forensic autopsy, Forensic medicine: History and organization, Death due to Asphyxia , Sudden death, Forensic toxicology, Firearm injuries, Authentication, Child abuse and neglect, Expertise and medical malpractice, Forensic psychiatry, Sexual offences, Forensic DNA – Biological specimen collection , Substance use disorders, Mobbing, Disability reports, Construction of a judicial report, Forensic osteology, Forensic DNA analysis Seminar Physician's legal responsibilities Expert Witness and Medical Malpractice Exam -


Course Book 1. Simpson’s Forensic Medicine. Jason Payne-James, Richard Jones, Steven B. Karch (Editors); Hodder Arnold Publishers.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application 1 20
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 80
Toplam 2 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Integrates and utilizes the information, skills, and approaches obtained from basic, clinical, and medical sciences, behavioral sciences, and social sciences when offering healthcare services. X
2 Offers healthcare services to patients with a biopsychosocial approach where the sociodemographic and sociocultural backgrounds of these individuals are taken into consideration, focusing on the universal human values, ethical principles, and professional duties; without exercising discrimination on the basis of language, religion, race, or sex. X
3 Aims to protect, improve, and develop individual and public health when offering healthcare services. X
4 Performs the necessary studies in sustaining and improving health, taking into the individual, public, social, and environmental factors to affect it. X
5 Trains healthy individuals/ patients, their relatives, and other healthcare workers in healthcare upon determining the features, requirements, and expectations of their target audience. X
6 Exercises a safe, rational, and effective approach in the procedures of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and rehabilitation; while offering healthcare services. X
7 Implements interventional and/or non-interventional practices in a way that is safe and effective for patients during the procedures of diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and rehabilitation. X
8 Offers healthcare services taking into account the health and safety of patients and employees. X
9 Takes the regional and global changes in physical and socioeconomic settings to affect health, as well as the changes in the individual features and behaviors of patients referring to them into account, while offering healthcare. X
10 Takes the good medical practices into account while performing their duties. X
11 Undertakes the tasks and duties within the framework of their professional ethical rules, as well as their legal rights and duties. X
12 Stands for the improvements in the manner in which healthcare services are offered, taking into account the concepts of social reliability and social duty, in an effort to protect and improve individual and public health. X
13 Evaluates the effects of health policies and healthcare practices on public health indicators, and, where required, amends their evaluation on the grounds of scientific and social needs; in an effort to help improve the quality of healthcare services. X
14 Leads their healthcare team while offering healthcare services, in a participative, and collaborative manner. X
15 Establishes positive relationships within their healthcare team; and where needed, easily adapts to various positions among their team. X
16 Exercises effective communication with patients, the relatives of patients, healthcare professionals, and groups from other professions, as well as institutions and organizations. X
17 Plans and conducts scientific studies on the society to which they serve, and use the results of these, or those from other studies, to benefit the society. X
18 Accesses the current literature on their profession, and evaluates them with a critical approach.
19 Chooses the correct sources of learning to improve the healthcare services that they offer, and regulates their own learning process.
20 Demonstrates the skills of obtaining and evaluating new information, integrating newer pieces of information with their current ones, as well as adapting to changing conditions throughout their professional life.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 1 18 18
Application 1 18 18
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 1 4 4
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 2 5 10
Total Workload 50