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Quality Assurance for Forensic Science FSCT 8370

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

This course explains the role that quality assurance and quality control play in an accredited forensic science laboratory. The requirements and applications of the standards ISO 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and CAN-P-1578 (Guidelines for the Accreditation of Forensic Testing Laboratories) are covered. The role and duties of a Quality Assurance Manager within a calibration or testing laboratory are covered. Students undergo numerous practical Quality Assurance activities, including conducting corrective action, continual improvement, and controlling documents and records. In addition, students will conduct an internal audit exercise which includes developing an audit plan and program, gathering audit evidence, conducting interviews, writing an audit report, and conducting an audit meeting.

Prerequisite(s)

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

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$804.55

Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of FSCT 8370 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 45923

Duration

Thu Sep 05 - Thu Nov 21 (11 weeks)

  • 11 weeks
  • CRN 45923
  • Domestic fees $804.55
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Sep 19 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 Online
Sep 26 N/A N/A Distance
Oct 03 - Oct 31 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 Distance
Nov 03 Sun 09:00 - 17:00 Online
Nov 17 Sun 09:00 - 17:00 Distance
Nov 21 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Distance
Instructor

Henry Wong

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$804.55

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. This course will be offered online. Synchronous online delivery for on Thursday evenings (Sept 5, 12, 19, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2024) from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm (1800-2130). Asynchronous delivery for the week of Sept 26. There will be two (2) Sunday classes online Nov 3 and Nov 17 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (0900-1700) (synchronous delivery) and will be co-instructed by Jason Moore. Please note: final exam will be on Thurs Nov 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 (1800-2100) online. No class on Sunday, Nov 10, 2024. 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

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

  • Describe the role of quality assurance, quality control and the quality manager in a laboratory setting.
  • Identify the components of a laboratory’s Quality Management System.
  • Produced controlled documents and records.
  • Develop strategies for continual improvement of the laboratory.
  • Outline the technical requirements of accredited laboratories including laboratory developed methods, method validation, and maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment.
  • Describe the guidelines for the levels of security required in forensic laboratories.
  • Differentiate the qualifications of management and analyst positions for the different forensic science areas.
  • Explain the requirements for the reporting of results including test reports, opinions and interpretations.
  • Perform a corrective action for a laboratory issue including the cause analysis, report write-up, and monitoring.
  • Conduct an internal audit including developing an audit plan and program, gathering audit evidence, conducting interviews, writing audit reports and conducting an audit meeting.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

Quality Assurance for Forensic Science (FSCT 8370) 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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