Areas of Study
Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech)
The Bachelor of Technology degree offers the equivalent of two years (63-66 credits) of upper level coursework and is a degree completion program that builds upon a two-year diploma or its equivalent. This is not a program for students directly out of high school. Two years of either college or university experience prior to application to this program is necessary for admission. Students need to complete relevant work experience before completion of the program. We also accept students who have work experience in the field of forensic investigation plus professional upgrading coursework (Note: Police recruit training is equivalent to one year, post-secondary training).
The Advanced Certificate is a 24-30 credit program (depending on the area of study) aimed to enhance the theoretical knowledge base and investigative capabilities of the people who work alongside specialized professionals in the diverse fields involved in solving a crime.
This program is for students who are seeking higher level certification and updated skills, but who are not looking to commit to the length of a Bachelor of Technology degree. Students may start out taking this option and then decide to continue on to complete their BTech.
Workshops and Seminars
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Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity
The pervasiveness and power of computers makes them difficult to avoid in everyday life and they are increasingly utilized in criminal activity. From fraud to violent crime, computers are often found to play a significant role as a tool for planning and conducting a crime, and thus may contain relevant evidence pertaining to an offense. Additionally, the prevalence of computers and mobile devices as indispensable tools in our everyday life makes them a target for criminals wishing to steal personal/corporate information, money, and more. These factors have necessitated specialists trained in the field of computer crime. Computer forensics is the scientific analysis of computer communications and data on computer storage devices. Specialists in computer forensics rely on an essential combination of technical expertise, investigative skills, and legal knowledge.
Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Crime and national security issues continue to be at the forefront of public attention. Professionals working in intelligence and analysis functions support the administration of justice and effective delivery of public safety programs. Students currently enrolled in this option develop knowledge of and skills in psychology, criminology, geography, urban planning, business administration, sociology, philosophy, critical thinking, computing, and research. As a Crime and Intelligence Analysis professional, they will be responsible for synthesizing information from disparate sources, mapping crime locations, and developing written and oral reports using qualitative and quantitative data for a variety of law enforcement and public safety agencies, and private sector organizations.
Forensic Health Science
The field of forensic science in health care has been referred to as the "fastest growing discipline of nursing for the 21st century" (Bell, 2000). The forensic-trained health care professional is pivotal to police investigations where there has been injury or trauma. The judicial system relies heavily on the medical legal reports and testimony from health care professions when charges are brought to court.
The collection and analysis of evidence is vital to a successful investigation and conviction in a criminal case. In the Forensic Science Option, students gain first-hand experience investigating simulated interior and exterior crime scenes and learn proper evidence collection techniques relevant to each type of crime scene. To augment this, they also learn about the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of forensic science from recognized forensic experts including pathologists, odontologists, anthropologists, and scientists (DNA, trace evidence, firearms/toolmarks, imaging/videography, and more). Proper scientific methodology is emphasized as students learn the latest investigative techniques to collect, manage and examine evidence on site, and in the lab.
General Criminalistics is designed for current law enforcement supervisors, team leaders and managers or those seeking promotion to management-oriented positions. The objective of this program is to enhance the theoretical knowledge base and investigative capabilities of the people who work alongside specialized professionals in the diverse fields involved in solving a crime.