This course introduces students to the range of thinking skills and reasoning abilities that are essential to crime and intelligence analysis. Students will examine the nature of knowledge and develop their abilities to think reflectively, critically and logically. This course also covers many approaches to the task of discovering truth. A variety of structured analysis models will be used in conjunction with critical thinking to explore the basis of analysis. (3.0 Credits)
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
*** This is a hybrid course with the in-class sessions starting from April 8 -May 13, then from May 27-June 24 (a total of 11 Mondays); online learning will be from May 20 - 24 (5 days) and June 25 - 28 (4 days). You are required to attend both of the in-class and the online sessions. There will be one textbook required for the course. *** For authorization to register, please contact Cindy Chan, Program Assistant, Forensics, at Cindy_Chan@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, visit: www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics
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This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or contact the appropriate Program Assistant [PDF] to determine when this course will be offered again.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Explain the use of inductive and deductive reasoning as it applies to crime and intelligence analysis.
Logically evaluate the process of analysis.
Conduct a critical evaluation of information and intelligence.
Apply critical thinking skills to the intelligence cycle in association with inferential analysis.
Examine the epistemology of knowledge as applied to crime and intelligence analysis.
Explain the impact of cultural, political and philosophical differences on crime and intelligence analysis.
Analyze the decision making process in tactical and strategic settings in terms of critical thinking skills.
FSCT 8432 is offered as a part of the following programs: