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Course Outlines

FSCT 7210

Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Forensic Science and Technology
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date September 06, 2021
End Date December 03, 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 33207

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 Terence Yung
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Online
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to commercial crimes in Canada. Three main issues are considered: theory (the criminal code section and the fundamental legal principles underlying the offence); practical criteria (identifying the priority elements of proof that are required from a practical point of view) and satisfying the criteria (reviewing the usual types of evidence required to prove the offence). Primary commercial crimes considered include: fraud, theft, counterfeit currency, credit and debit card offences, internet based frauds, conspiracy and money laundering. Others, briefly introduced topics include: stock market manipulation and other securities related offences, criminal breach of trust, custom and excise offences, secret commissions, planned bankruptcy and possession of goods obtained by crime. Reference is made to various industry issues such as banking regulations as they impact on the offences being studied. In addition, 21st century issues such as the global economy, telemarketing, the cable industry and gaming are also discussed.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Outline and discuss the theoretical aspects of enumerated Criminal Code offences, including the fundamental underlying legal principles.
  • Outline the practical criteria required to prove all elements of the offences as set out in legislation.
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge in case-study and practical problem situations.
  • Given a specified fact situation, prepare an investigative plan, setting out the investigative objective to be attained by each step in the plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective fraud related research from appropriate websites/course materials.

Learning Resources

Martin's Criminal Code of Canada (optional)

Bank of Canada Currency Education Package (optional)

Instructor's Postings/Notes and Web Resources

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Quizzes 30
Participation/Group Discussion Forum15

BCIT Policy

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Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

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.
Terence Yung, Instructor
August 30, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
David McKay, FSA PTS Administration-122120
September 07, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Jennifer Talman, Associate Dean
September 07, 2021

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