The Romanovs

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Students will learn the genetics behind solving one of the most famous cold cases in history. With the progression of scientific understanding, additional pieces of the puzzle began to come together and the tragedy of the Romanovs unfolded.

Background Information:

The discovery of the structure and function of DNA has opened up new possibilities in the field of forensic science.

Year Level:  9 – 10

Prior Knowledge:

Basic Mendelian genetics, including an understanding of dominant and recessive inheritance, is required.

Course Connections:

Does this course link to other Ecolinc programs?

This course is an ideal follow up program for:

Learning Intentions:

In this program students will:

1. Relate the ability to solve cold cases to the progression of scientific techniques.
2. Explore DNA structure and how mutations can cause disease.
3. Develop understanding of sex-linked inheritance.

Estimated Duration: 30 Mins

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Science as human endeavour

  • The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (VCSSU119)

Science – Science enquiry skills

  • Independently plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including fieldwork and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data, assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these investigation types (VCSIS135)
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to evaluate investigation conclusions, including assessing the approaches used to solve problems, critically analysing the validity of information obtained from primary and secondary sources, suggesting possible alternative explanations and describing specific ways to improve the quality of data (VCSIS139)

Course Creator: Jo Tate