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Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies FSCT 8432

Forensic Investigation Course

Course details

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.


  • Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of FSCT 8432 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 78238


Wed Jan 11 - Wed Apr 05 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 78238
  • $772.81
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Apr 05 Wed 18:00 - 21:30 Online

Ken Schulz

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. This course will be taught ONLINE for 13 weeks every Wednesday from 6:00pm - 9:30pm. Attendance is mandatory (synchronous). For details on the textbook required, please check: (BCIT WINTER TERM... DE - FSCT). Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

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.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2006

Related Programs

Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies (FSCT 8432) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time


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