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Course Outlines

FSCT 8430

Tactical Analysis 1

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date September 08, 2021
End Date December 01, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 13
Hours/Weeks 3.46
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
CRN 32946

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Ken Schulz
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Virtual
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Students in this course will focus on the various duties performed by tactical analysts in law enforcement. The students will study the 5 stages of the analysis cycle (planning, collection, collation, analysis, dissemination) and complete a variety of assignments and tasks associated to each of those stages. To complete the tasks, students will use word processing and charting software programs. The majority of the course will focus on the students' ability to collate and analyze the information provided to them. They will then develop their analytical skills in order to effectively target and profile deviant and criminal individuals and groups. The students will use their analytical skills to develop logically sound arguments for a variety of law enforcement actions.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define analysis.
  • Describe the organizational role of analysts.
  • Describe current trends in analysis.
  • Develop an analytical plan.
  • Apply processes for collecting information.
  • Apply procedures for assessing reliability of service and worth of information.
  • Assemble investigators data in a format to clearly profile subject(s) activities.
  • Describe methods and tools used to generate conclusions about the material.
  • Communicate findings using a variety of communication tools.

Learning Resources

The course is available on D2L. Course materials for reading are found in the Contents section.

Course Goals

Students will learn analytical methods used during transnational organized crime investigations. The students will incorporate the methods taught by instructors into their assignments. Several assignments will test these skills. A final project will require students to apply a wide variety of analytical skills to a large body of information.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Discussions6Two discussions are assigned and marked on the basis of their timely completion
Assignments74There will be several assignments assigned during the course
Final Assignment20

Other information


Available through Apps Anywhere

  • I2 Analyst Notebook 9.2
  • ArcGIS 10.8
  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT)
  • MS Visio

Course Schedule and Assignments

1. 2021-09-08 - Introduction to Class / Tactical Analysis Environment in Canada relating to Transnational Organized Crime, Beneficial Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of TNOC analyst. [Discussion]

2. 2021-09-15 - Principles and methods used when creating an i2 link association and event flow chart (Manual) [Discussion]

3. 2021-09-22 - Principles and methods used when creating an i2 link association and event flow chart (Importing). Analytical considerations when completing TDR analysis of TNOC [Assignment]

4. 2021-09-29 - Movement Intelligence / Pattern of Life / Surveillance [Assignment]

5. 2021-10-06 - Criminal Organizations / Borders and Points of Entry / Profiling TNOC members – [Assignment]

6. 2021-10-13 - Synthetic Drug Manufacturing / Activity Flow Charting [Assignment]

7. 2021-10-20 - Drug Importation / Exportation Crimes / ML Business Expenses – Money pickups and Intl Deliveries - [Assignment]

8. 2021-10-27 Frauds against Businesses and Individuals / Mass Marketing Scams / Document Analysis - [Assignment]

9. 2021-11-03 Frauds – Private Investment – Ponzi Schemes / Statement Analysis (Police, UCO, Agent, Witness, CI, Crime stoppers, Accused)

10. 2021-11-10 Money Laundering – Methodologies / Investments - [Assignment]

11. 2021-11-17 Corruption - Political / Internal Threat / Analysis of Intercepts (Texts/Emails) [Assignment]

12 2021-11-24 Other TNOC topics - Fusion Centres //Cyber Crime Analysis // FINTRAC // CBSA // CRA

13. 2021-12-01 Final Project

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Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Ken Schulz, Instructor
September 17, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
David McKay, FSA PTS Administration-122120
September 22, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Jennifer Talman, Associate Dean
September 22, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.