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COMM 7200

Report Writing and Workplace Communication for Forensic Investigation

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program BCIT Forensics
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date September 13, 2021
End Date November 29, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3.75
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites 6 credits of BCIT COMM 1100 level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
CRN 45286

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 Laurie Izgerean
E-mail Instructor to provide
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course provides practice in written and oral communication skills used in forensic science and investigation careers. The emphasis is on explaining technical material in plain language and communicating investigation results in reports and presentations. The course also includes techniques for e-mails, letters, reports, and for making oral presentations. Students prepare a professional job application and LinkedIn profile and examine strategies for maintaining their online reputation as professionals.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Set communication objectives and identify the needs of the audience in a given situation.
  • Design documents for reader access.
  • Write clear, correct, and concise sentences and paragraphs in plain language.
  • Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations.
  • Design and use appropriate visual aids in oral presentation and reports.
  • Organize and write effective investigation reports for the workplace.
  • Write effective workplace messages in e-mail, letters, and memos.
  • Prepare a persuasive letter of application, a professional CV, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Edit your work to meet professional standards in the use of English in technical writing.

Learning Resources

The following course textbook is MANDATORY:

Technical Communication, Eighth Canadian Edition
  • John M. Lannon
  • Laura J. Gurak
  • Don Klepp
  • Shannon Kelly

Students may purchase a limited time subscription (6 months) or a perpetual license (no expiry).


If you have a paper version (Seventh Canadian Edition) that’s ok too.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Email Assignment5
Short Informational Report15
Report Work Plan & Research Checklist10
Career Package15
Research Project Report 30
Persuasive Presentation15
Online Activity Participation/Completeness10Discussions, quizzes, professionalism (REQUIRED)

Attendance Requirements

This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments. You will have readings, discussions, peer review, and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or on a particular day). On the start date of your class (not before), log into to access your course link. New course content will be released at the same time every week (Mondays). All coursework must be completed to be eligible to pass the course.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Please sign in to the Learning Hub and access your course pages on start date. A full course/assignment schedule and instructions about our weekly format will be provided September 13, 2021.

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:
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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

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.
Laurie Izgerean, Instructor
September 07, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Shannon Kelly, FSA Markers
September 12, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
September 13, 2021

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