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Course Outlines

FSCT 8611

Graduation Project 1

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Forensic Science and Technology
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date September 10, 2021
End Date December 03, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 13
Hours/Weeks 3.46
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites Completion of FSCT 7910, all framework courses and all specialty courses or permission of program coordinator.
CRN 39881

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 Joe Ilsever
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location After each clsss
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Under the supervision of the graduation project research methodologist, faculty mentor(s) and industry subject matter expert, the student will build upon the project concept initiated in FSCT7910 and complete a theoretical or applied independent research proposal. The course will focus on research themes relevant to the student’s chosen areas of specialty in forensic investigation. He/She will conduct a comprehensive literature review, prepare a research design and protocol, validate the measurement model(s), conduct reliability and validity studies, and undertake a pilot study to ensure measurement instrument reliability. The research proposal should be innovative, experimental or explanatory in nature to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills. It should be comprehensive, covering all the operational aspects of the project and the measurement instrument to be employed. The research models employed and the research protocol followed will be well articulated and defined. This course will be focusing on building a foundation that leads to FSCT8621, Graduation Project 2.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Develop appropriate research question(s) for the scope and depth of the research project.
  • Prepare a literature review to underpin the research questions posed.
  • Justify why the project chosen will enhance expertise in chosen specialty.
  • Assess the research project from a project management perspective to ensure adequate time and resources are available to complete it. Estimate the time and effort expected for completing a project.
  • Assess the significance of conceptualization and measurement in crime research and analysis by framing a well-defined research question and research model to be pursued.
  • Assess the differences between qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Design the appropriate methodology or approach to complete the project.
  • Apply statistical crime research methods and data analysis techniques using SPSS to complete the research project.
  • Prepare a written research proposal and present and (defend it) via an oral presentation to your peers.
  • Assess discuss and critically examine research proposals in the forensic investigation context.

Learning Resources

Learning resourcesPlease note that the following Items (1) and (2) come as a bundle and are available in the bookstore:

Required:

BUNDLE: Punch (1) Developing Effective Research proposals 3e + (2) Wentz: How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal

Bundle ISBN: 9781544395739

Instructor provided material(s)

All lecture notes, handouts, research journals to be reviewed will be posted on D2L under “Course Content”

Optional:

SPSS Basic statistical software package. Students are required to acquire a one-year individual license at, should they be completing an empirical (quantitative data based) research project.

https://onthehub.com/download/software-discounts/spss-statistics

Course Goals

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

  1. Develop appropriate research question(s) for the scope and depth of the research project.
  2. Prepare a literature review to underpin the research questions posed.
  3. Justify why the project chosen will enhance expertise in chosen specialty.
  4. Assess the research project from a project management perspective to ensure adequate time and resources are available to complete it. Estimate the time and effort expected for completing a project.
  5. Assess the significance of conceptualization and measurement in crime research and analysis by framing a well-defined research question and research model to be pursued.
  6. Assess the differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Design the appropriate methodology or approach to complete the project.
  7. Apply statistical crime research methods and data analysis techniques using SPSS to complete the research project. Prepare a written research proposal and present and (defend it) via an oral presentation to your peers.
  8. Assess discuss and critically examine research proposals in the forensic investigation context.

Evaluation Criteria

Task

Requirements

Percent assignable

Comments

Literature review summary paper

Minimum 50 relevant research paper summary, synthesize in good form

20 %

Midterm Exam

(oral review of proposal progress check)

Theory, methodology and application coverage

20 %

Draft submission of research proposal and topic with fully completed methodology section

Well defined research topic, methodology, instrument design and good APA format

30 %

Final oral review examination of research proposal presented in class

Final research proposal & and the completed Workbook submission in good format

30%

Attendance Requirements

Attendance at all virtual classes is highly recommended as the material coverage is comprehensive and the course has very specific requirements and deadlines.

Course Specific Requirements

N/A

Safety equipment or protective clothing

N/A

Other information

BCIT policy

The following statements are in accordance with the BCIT Policies 5101, 5102, 5104, and 7507, and their accompanying procedures. To review these policies and procedures please click on the links below.

Attendance/Illness:

In case of illness or other unavoidable cause of absence, the student must communicate as soon as possible with his/her instructor or Program Head or Chief Instructor, indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT approved medical certificate submitted to the department, substantiating the reason for absence. For other absences, the student should be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation. Unapproved absence in excess of the prescribed regulations within this outline may result in failure or forced withdrawal from the course or program.

Please see Policy 5101 - Student Regulations, and accompanying procedures. 3

Academic Integrity:

Violation of academic integrity, including plagiarism, dishonesty in assignments, examinations, or other academic performances are prohibited and will be handled in accordance with

Policy 5104 - Academic Integrity and Appeals, and accompanying procedures. 4

Accommodation:

Any student who may require accommodation from BCIT because of a physical or mental disability should refer to BCIT's Policy on Accommodation for Students with Disabilities (Policy #4501), and contact BCIT's Disability Resource Centre (SW1 2360, 604-451-6963) at the earliest possible time. Requests for accommodation must be made to the Disability Resource Centre and should not be made to a course instructor or Program area.

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and the Disability Resource Centre of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:

The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Campus Mediation Services is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see

Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure. 5

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

http://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml 6

Policy for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Attempts: 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.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.

Joe Ilsever, Instructor

___________________________________________

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.

Dave McKay, Program Head

___________________________________________

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

Links

  1. sagepub.com/meyers/study/default.htm
  2. books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=E- 8XHVsqoeUC&oi=fnd&pg=PR5&dq=how+to+design+good+surveys+&ots=fxIGdBCovh&sig=op1HzqJHqPDaKfLFFBQ4_qREi2Y%23v=onepage&q=how%20to%20d esign%20good%20surveys&f=false
  3. bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/5101.pdf
  4. bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/5104.pdf
  5. bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/7507.pdf
  6. bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

Statement for prior learning assessment

N/A

Course Schedule and Assignments

Tentative Course schedule and assignments

Date

Outcome / Material Covered, course requirements

Assigned readings / Assignments / Other

September 10

Review the course outline, Research Workbook, Ethics Application

Various handouts on how to conduct literature review, models of measurement, application of multivariate statistical techniques for theoretical, experimental, and applied research studies

Various handouts on how to conduct literature review, models of measurement, application of multivariate statistical techniques for theoretical, experimental, and applied research studies

Wentz chapters 1,2

Punch chapters 1, 2

Additional material from Ghauri and Gronhaug book be posted on D2L and will be used as supplementary material

September 17

Instrument and scale reliabilities, analysis of research findings, critical synthesis of research, applications, and measurement models

Instrument and scale reliabilities, analysis of research findings, critical synthesis of research, applications and measurement models.

Data collection models, formulating hypothesis, testing of hypothesis

Formulating research question, structuring a research question, setting up paper structure

Wentz chapters 3, 4, and 5

Punch chapters 3 and 4

September 24

Writing up the final draft proposal, with comprehensive literature review, a well-defined methodology, any measurement instruments that need to be refined.

Wentz 6 and 7

Punch chapters 5 and 6

October 1

Developing a General Framework for Proposals

Wentz 8 and 9

Punch chapter 7

October 8

Literature Review

Conceptualizing a Research Idea

Wentz chapter 7

October 15

Problem Statement

Presenting Methods and Methodologies

Research Methods

Wentz chapter 10

Punch 6 and 7

October 22

Using Theory and Dealing with the Literature

October 29

Students will prepare & review in class pro forma research proposals, including their literature reviews, methodology of measurement, hypothetical models and results of their pilot studies.

Finalize the initial research / project drat proposal as per the Workbook Guidelines

Students will prepare & review in class pro forma research proposals, including their literature reviews, methodology of measurement, hypothetical models and results of their pilot studies.

Submission of the final draft research proposal as the submission guidelines

Punch chapter 9

Other fully completed student proposals will be reviewed

November 5/12/19

Students will prepare & review in class pro forma research proposals, including their literature reviews, methodology of measurement, hypothetical models and results of their pilot studies.

Finalize the initial research / project drat proposal as per the Workbook Guidelines

Students will prepare & review in class pro forma research proposals, including their literature reviews, methodology of measurement, hypothetical models and results of their pilot studies.

November 26

December 3

Submission of the final draft research proposal as the submission guidelines & submission of completed Workbook and the completed Ethics Application for review and approval

In class review of issues, corrections, modifications, and problem resolution

Course topics

  1. Under the supervision of the graduation project research methodologist, faculty mentor(s) and industry subject matter expert, the student will build upon the project concept initiated in FSCT7910 and complete a theoretical or applied independent research proposal. The course will focus on research themes relevant to the student’s chosen areas of specialty in forensic investigation.
  2. The student will conduct a comprehensive literature review, prepare a research design and protocol, validate the measurement model(s), conduct reliability and validity studies, and undertake a pilot study to ensure measurement instrument reliability.
  3. The research proposal should be innovative, experimental or explanatory in nature to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge and skills. It should be comprehensive, covering all the operational aspects of the project and the measurement instrument to be employed.
  4. The research models employed, and the research protocol followed will be well articulated and defined.
  5. The student is expected to attend the three in-class sessions and participate fully. This course will be focusing on building a foundation that leads to FSCT8621, Graduation Project 2. Prerequisite: Completion of FSCT 7910, all framework courses and all specialty courses or permission of program coordinator.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Attempts:
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.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Joe Ilsever, Instructor
August 09, 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.