Computer Crime Studies Option Part-time Advanced Certificate 526cascert

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The increasing pervasiveness and convenience of computers make them vital to our everyday lives. Computers are the backbone of our infrastructure, and anyone with malicious intent can cause irreparable harm by crippling these systems. Our dependence on computers leaves us vulnerable to exploitation and all stages of computer operations or transactions are susceptible. Criminals are finding more and more ways to take advantage of this: from identity and corporate theft to credit card fraud, they are not only targeting our computers but using computers to commit these crimes. Most crimes leave some clues behind and computer crime is no exception. You have to know what, how and where to find them.

This proliferation of crime involving computers has led to a need for specialists trained in the field of computer forensics, the scientific analysis of communications and data on computer storage devices. Specialists in computer forensics unite technical expertise with investigative skills and legal knowledge, a combination which is essential for computer crime investigations. Some applications of computer forensics are:

  • Investigating and uncovering evidence of illegal activities conducted via computer
  • Investigating crimes by searching for evidence the accused may have stored on computers or data drives, although the crime itself may not have been committed via computer
  • Legal hacking, that is, working for corporations to find and close computer system security holes

Training in computer forensics is extremely important in order to understand how to handle the delicate information in storage devices. Technical people may think they know how to extract data; however, they may inadvertently alter or delete important information. Computer forensics practitioners know how to handle information extraction, as well as how to identify information that is useful in a legal case and how to explain and present it in court. Primary responsibilities of computer forensic investigators include:

  • Preserving, identifying, extracting, and documenting evidence stored in computers
  • Searching through documents on a computer for information that will help detectives build their cases, often spending much of their time recovering deleted emails and files
  • Compiling computer evidence for legal cases and working on programs that help recover computer evidence
  • Giving expert testimony when a case comes to trial

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant, identifying which course you’d like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Applicants are required to complete one of the options described below prior to admission:
    • Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a computing or IT field or

    • Option 2: A minimum of 60 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a computing or IT field or

    • Option 3: A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level) in a computing or IT field or

    • Option 4: Certification as a police constable AND working within a Technological Crime Unit AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution in an appropriate computing or IT field or

    • Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy*

    • * Applicants must contact the Program Assistant for particulars. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application. Processing times depend on individual assessment and could take up to 3 months to complete.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF] (attachment letter to bring to Police department)

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

Apply to program

Candidates who wish to apply to the Forensic Investigation - Computer Crime Studies Option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

January, April and September

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.

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All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses (8.0 credits): Credits
Legal Framework - Common Core
  FSCT 7001 Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures 2.5
  FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence 2.5
  FSCT 8530 Law for Computer and IT Professionals 3.0
 
2. Complete 17.0 credits from the following Specialized Concentration and Electives courses: Credits
Specialized Concentration

Investigative Framework
Complete 0.0 - 3.0 credits of the following:
  FSCT 7210 Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada 3.0
  FSCT 7220 Introduction to Computer Crime Studies 3.0
  FSCT 7230 Forensic Interviewing 1 2.0

Applied Management
Complete 0.0 - 3.0 credits of the following:
  FSCT 7120 Project Management for Investigations 3.0
  FSCT 7130 Business Continuity Planning Management for Information Technology 3.0

Complete 12.0 - 17.0 credits of the following:

Computer Crime Investigation
  FSCT 8512 Computer Crime Investigative Technique 3.0
  FSCT 8520 Internet for Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 8540 Computer Security Networks 1 3.0
  FSCT 8560 Computer Security Networks 2 3.0
  FSCT 8570 Computer Forensics 3.0
  FSCT 8580 Encryption 3.0
  FSCT 8590 Network Exploits and Vulnerabilities 3.0

Complete 0.0 - 5.0 credits of the following:
Electives:
Computer Crime Studies Option
  FSCT 7110 Case Management for Major Crime Investigation 3.0
  FSCT 8010 Forensic Behavioural Science 3.0
  FSCT 8435 Introduction to Intelligence; Theory & Practice 3.0

Elective courses may also be selected from the specialized concentration courses from the following option: Please contact the program coordinator for further details.
 
Total Credits: 25.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Students work through their chosen curriculum at their own pace, therefore, the total length required to finish the program can vary. At six credits per term, the Advanced Certificate Program can take five terms to complete.

Grading

Depending upon the learning outcomes of various courses, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Program location

Courses are held at the Burnaby campus, the Downtown Vancouver campus or delivered online.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Graduates from the Computer Crime Studies Option will gain the additional skills and knowledge that professionals require to work successfully in the prevention and investigation of commercial crime and computer crime. There is a growing requirement for professionals in both the private and public sectors. Some position titles include:

  • Police detective
  • Provincial investigator
  • Manager, corporate security
  • Network security manager
  • Risk manager
  • Securities investigator
  • Private security/investigations practitioner
  • Information systems auditor

Graduates will be able to function both as professionals in their own right and as members of multi-disciplinary teams composed of financial and investigative professionals.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Darryl Plecas - RCMP Research Chair, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCFV
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services

Contact Us

Raymond Yu, Program Coordinator
604.453.4092

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