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Business Management for Forensic Science FSCT 8371

Forensic Investigation Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

As laboratories continue to push for increased efficiencies, the importance of good management techniques has never been more relevant in the forensic community. Creating a foundation of financial literacy for students to build on allows the introduction of lean management and change management principles which can be applied in a laboratory context. Students will examine how ethical standards influence professional practice in forensics, and how efficiencies can be created in the context of a forensic science laboratory.

Prerequisite(s)

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

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$846.59

Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of FSCT 8371 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 45924

Duration

Tue Sep 03 - Fri Dec 06 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 45924
  • Domestic fees $846.59
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Dec 06 N/A N/A Online
Oct 21 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Nov 25 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby SW03 Rm. 4725
Instructor

Steen Hartsen

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$846.59

Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. This is a hybrid course: online Sept 3 - Dec 6, 2024 (asynchronous) and two (2) face to face (F2F) sessions scheduled at the Burnaby campus on Mon Oct 21 and Nov 25, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (1800-2100). There will be no online content for the week of Nov 11th to 15th. For details on the textbook and course material required, please check: www.bcitbookstore.ca/bcit/buy_textbooks.asp? (FALL 2024 TERM, FSCT) - Materials available for purchase at the BCIT Bookstore Mon, July 22, 2024 (Approx.)
Status

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply basic budgeting and the Cost/Volume/Profit models to the day to day operations of a forensic lab.
  • Apply Net Present Value analysis to the implementation of new Short Tandem Repeat technology to determine if it is cost effective compared to the existing tools.
  • Analyze Kaizen methodology, with a focus on applications to a forensic biology workflow.
  • Discuss Just-In-Time methodology to determine how to optimize batched DNA analysis with customer needs.
  • Illustrate a cell shaped production setup in a forensic lab environment, showing where efficiency gains can be made over traditional setup.
  • Solve batch size optimization problems relating to forensic samples, with appropriate QA controls built into the system.
  • Discuss TPM and the importance of quality. Use 6-sigma concepts to illustrate high levels of quality being maintained and how quality impacts forensic results in a court setting.
  • Assess resistance as a tool to improve change management protocols.
  • Discuss change fatigue and measures to reduce the impacts of it in environments where frequent change is unavoidable due to rapid technological shifts in forensic disciplines.
  • Discuss fair process as a tool to implement unpopular change that is required to meet forensic accreditation standards.
  • Explain ethical use of client data and non-disclosure protocols.
  • Explain ethical use of client data and non-disclosure protocols.
  • Design a implementation plan for a new DNA process using lean management, change management and Net Present value analysis.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

Business Management for Forensic Science (FSCT 8371) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Bachelor of Science Full-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time

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