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International Fees

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

Course details

This laboratory course introduces the chemistry and analytical requirements for the testing of illicit and controlled drugs. The student will learn the characterization of drugs in typical street form including cannabis, cocaine and crack, heroin, designer drugs and hallucinogens, as well as how they are analyzed, and the requirements for their certification to be used in a court of law. The student will learn how to use various chemical tests, isolation and purification techniques, as well as chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$882.43

Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of FSCT 8250 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 32938

Duration

Tue Sep 10 - Tue Dec 03 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 32938
  • Domestic fees $882.43
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 10 - Dec 03 Tue 18:00 - 21:30 Burnaby SW01 Rm. 2024
Instructor

Adrienne Law

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$882.43

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 offering will be taught F2F (face to face) for the Fall 202430 term. There is no required textbook. The instructor will distribute course material in class. 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 BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca.
Status

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed May 22, 2024 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify classes and chemical properties of street drugs.
  • Identify classes and chemical properties of street drugs.
  • Describe techniques used for identification of street drugs-naturally occurring, semi-synthetic, synthetic-including extraction, isolation and purification.
  • Explain roles, responsibilities and safety procedures in the laboratory.
  • Perform classic colour tests on various drug types.
  • Describe GC & TLC chromatographic techniques and use of visualizing reagents.
  • Describe features of infrared and mass spectrometry.
  • Describe physical and chemical macro and micro characteristics of Cannabis Marihuana.
  • Identify cocaine using colour tests and spectroscopic techniques.
  • Test for the presence of amphetamines and heroin in powdered samples.
  • Identify the characteristics of clandestine laboratories including reactions, drug types, locations, hazards and by-products.

Effective as of Winter 2024

Related Programs

Drug Analysis (FSCT 8250) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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

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  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
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