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Law for Forensic Science FSCT 9009

Forensic Investigation Course

Course details

The Canadian criminal justice is an adversarial system of adjudication which pits the State against accused. The system applies well-established rules governing both the procedural and substantive aspects of a criminal process. The conflict takes place within a criminal trial and related judicial proceedings. This course pursues a detailed exploration of the criminal justice process, from the commencement of the investigation to the verdict at trial. Each step is considered in the context of the goal of a fair and impartial inquiry aimed at getting at the truth. The perspective of the major players in the process, including the police, Crown counsel, the accused, the judge and jury, and even witnesses, are all explained and explored.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of FSCT 9009 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 47221


Mon Sep 12 - Fri Dec 16 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 47221
  • $1569.90
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Dec 12 Mon 19:00 - 20:40 Online
Sep 12 - Dec 16 N/A N/A Online

Colin Harris

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 offered online. There will be LIVE classes every Monday (Sept 12 - Dec 12, 2022) for 1.5 hours with an additional two (2) asynchronous hours per week until Dec 16, 2022. Attendance is Mandatory for the Monday live sessions. There will be no class Monday, October 10th (Thanksgiving). 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 this course, the student will be able to:

  • Assess the fundamental legal principles that govern all criminal proceedings in Canada, including those principles applicable to the adversarial system of justice upon which we rely.
  • Identify the rights of accused persons in Canadian law, and the obligations of agents of the state, including investigators and Crown Counsel, and to discuss the key underlying principles.
  • Compare and contrast the respective roles of Crown Counsel, defence counsel and the judge and jury, and explore other perspectives on the Canadian criminal justice system, including those of professional and civilian witnesses in a proceeding.
  • Differentiate the stages of a Canadian criminal proceeding from investigation to sentencing, and explain the purpose of a criminal trial.
  • Interpret what constitutes evidence, who can call evidence, who can give evidence, and how evidence is introduced in a criminal trial.
  • Evaluate the fundamental principles of expert opinion evidence in Canada.
  • Assess potential evidence in terms of its relevance, materiality, and admissibility, and the application of the criteria to the expert witness's unique evidentiary role in a criminal proceeding.
  • Compare and contrast the specific features of real, testimonial and recorded evidence, the concept and importance of admissions, and the evidentiary rules of exclusion.
  • Analyze the components and importance of continuity and integrity of exhibits and evidence tracking while working in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  • Discuss and defend trial strategies and tactics used by both Crown and defence counsel and ethical issues in judicial proceedings.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

Law for Forensic Science (FSCT 9009) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Health Sciences
    Graduate Certificate Part-time


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