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Analytic techniques are an important addition to every analyst’s toolbox. As criminals become more proficient, analysts must be able to use equally sophisticated analytical skills. The Crime and Intelligence Analysis option trains graduates to successfully apply the tools and techniques required for solving complex investigations. It provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary for addressing modern-day crimes, internship experience in a law enforcement agency, access to a global network of intelligence professionals and recognition by international professional associations.
This program offers a high-intensity learning experience involving hands-on use of leading-edge crime and intelligence analysis tools (e.g. visual investigative analysis software, crime mapping and statistical software). This program trains graduates to develop intelligence end-products that help drive front-line operations and deploy patrol resources more effectively.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Synthesize information from disparate sources for the purpose of identifying crime patterns, series and trends
- Map crime locations and analyze hot spots of crime, disorder and incivilities
- Develop collection plans of high-risk and habitual offenders
- Collect, evaluate, maintain and collate crime and intelligence data for national security, law enforcement and the business community
- Design and maintain criminal intelligence databases for law enforcement action
- Prepare written and oral reports and various types of charts and graphs based on research, correlation and analysis of evidence.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.
This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.
Step 1: Pre-entry assessment
Contact the Program Assistant for a pre-entry assessment.
You must upload an approved pre-entry assessment from the program area to your online application.
Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements
- English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
- Completion of one of the following options prior to admission:
- Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60.0 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or
- Option 2: A minimum of 60.0 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. BA, BSc, BComm, BASc, etc) or
- Option 3: A minimum of 60.0 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18.0 credits at second-year or higher level) or
- Option 4: Certification as a police constable and completion of 30.0 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution or
- Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy. Contact the Program Assistant for details.
- Criminal Record Check (CRC)
- Contact your local police department to obtain the appropriate forms - Letter for police department [PDF]
- Must be issued within one year of your application date
- The outcome of the CRC may influence your acceptability for this program
- Completed and signed applicant waiver form from the program area
Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.
Recommended for success
- Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.
Students enrolled in this program must complete the mandatory work component to qualify for graduation. A co-op work permit is required prior to starting the work component.
Apply to program
To submit your application:
- Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
- Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
- Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April, and September.
Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
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|1. Core Courses
1.1 General Education (12.0 credits)
|Mandatory courses: (9.0 credits)|
Report Writing and Workplace Communication for Forensic Investigation
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.
Critical Reading and Writing
This is a course in advanced composition and rhetoric, in which students will develop skills in complex critical analysis and interpretation by analyzing and evaluating materials from a variety of discourses or genres, including visual, online, and print; developing and writing essays, including critiques and research papers; applying and discussing principles of rhetoric and critical theory; examining and using methods of interpretation and analysis from the humanities and social sciences; evaluating the credibility of primary and secondary sources, including as it applies to media literacy, and for the purposes of academic research; situating discourses within their historical context and relevant to rhetorical theories of different periods (for example, Aristotle in the ancient world and Bakhtin in the twentieth century). The course format will include lecture, discussion, and both individual and group activities.
Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing.
Elective courses: (3.0 credits)
All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
|1.2 Applied Management (3.0 credits)||Credits|
Case Management for Major Crime Investigation
This course is designed to provide the forensic investigator the concepts of case management and the application of case management methods in organizing investigative teams, planning investigative actions and analyzing evidence and intelligence.
Project Management for Investigations
There are two management concepts that when applied to any endeavor - including conducting complex criminal or civil investigations - historically tend to produce very successful outcomes. These concepts, using the strength of teams and project management, each have followers on an individual basis. The focus of this course will be to expose the student to both concepts to enable them to develop and experience an organized approach of any type of investigation.
|1.3 Legal Framework (6.0 credits)||Credits|
Forensic Applications of Criminal Law 1: Legal Procedures
The Canadian criminal justice system is an adversarial system which pits the accused person against the State. The adversarial process follows a well-defined series of procedural steps from initial complaint to verdict and sentencing. This course provides a detailed examination of the legal procedures that govern criminal proceedings in Canada including the tendering of evidence by both Crown and defence, with a particular emphasis on issues applicable to forensic investigators and technicians.
Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence
Forensic evidence is subject to all the general rules related to the admissibility of evidence in the criminal trial process and is also subject to certain unique rules of scrutiny. This course examines the fundamental laws of evidence within the adversarial process and provides a context for the expert in their role as witness.
Introducing Forensic Evidence at Trial
Through a practical exploration of the stages of a mock investigation and consequent trial, this course illuminates the vital role forensic evidence can play in criminal proceedings. The course will put particular emphasis on issues relating to the admissibility of forensic evidence and the evidentiary weight which results from the manner of identification, isolation, collection and analysis of such evidence. Each student will gather evidence, and generate notes and a written report relating to that evidence. Subsequently each student will undergo a simulated interview by Crown counsel followed by giving evidence relating to their role in the investigation at a mock trial.
|1.4 Investigative Framework (3.0 credits)||Credits|
Essentials of Cyber Crime
This course introduces students to the field of Cyber Crime and develops core understanding of the intelligence and analysis challenges of working in the cyber environment. Topics include defining cybercrime, technology as a target, technology as an instrument, and evolving/emerging cyber crime threats. Students develop an understanding of the digital environment, hacker subculture, cyber stalking, data theft (identity, trade secrets, etc), phishing attacks, hate crimes, credit card account thefts, malicious software and various applications.
|2. Specialty Courses (33.0 credits)||Credits|
|Students must complete a minimum of 30.0 credits from the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Specialty Courses. The remaining 3.0 credits can be taken from the Electives section below for a total of 33.0 credits.
Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Research Methodology and Measurement Models
This course is intended to develop the student’s advanced research and analytical skills. It will focus on the theory of inquiry, the logic, reality, and structure of investigative enquiry, as well as data analysis, methodologies of measurement models and reporting of results. Emphasis will be placed on data gathering and statistical techniques. The student will be introduced to multivariate statistical analysis techniques, using SPSS for application in the law enforcement and forensics fields. Various models of measurement, including quantitative, qualitative and data mining techniques with hands on data sets will be covered. Groups will be required to prepare a mini research project using all the statistical applications covered in class.
Tactical Analysis 1
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.
Applied Research Methods & Statistics in Crime Analysis
This course introduces students to the quantitative and qualitative research methods used by crime and intelligence analysts. Topics such as measuring variables, assessing the reliability and validity of acquired intelligence, designing questionnaires, data preparation and coding, sampling and statistical analysis of quantitative data are covered. This course covers the major research and statistical techniques which criminologists,sociologists, and criminal justice researchers use to observe and interpret the social world. Part of this course focuses on issues related to the logic of research and research design and the general procedures for research design. Another part of the course will deal more specifically with a variety of particular techniques for gathering data: surveys; experiments and quasi-experiments; and field and observational methods. This course aims to make students more knowledgeable practitioners, consumers, and evaluators of social science data and research. Students should be able to perform a number of simple, though powerful analyses to describe data and reach conclusions based on these data. The five primary goals of statistics for this class are: (1) summarizing large and small data sets; (2) examining the integrity of large and small data sets; (3) determining which statistics best portrays the data; (4) comparing more than one variable to others; (5) applying statistics to problem solving and data driven decision-making through proper data collection and research design.
Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies
This course introduces students to the range of thinking skills and reasoning abilities that are essential to crime and intelligence analysis. Students will examine the nature of knowledge and develop their abilities to think reflectively, critically and logically. This course also covers many approaches to the task of discovering truth. A variety of structured analysis models will be used in conjunction with critical thinking to explore the basis of analysis.
This course focuses on the application of crime analysis tools, techniques and methods to support crime reduction initiatives, criminal investigations, and effective deployment of police resources. Students will learn how to prepare crime statistics and crime maps, identify crime patterns, develop concise and effective written products, and attain a thorough understanding of the current state of the Crime Analysis field in Canada.
This course provides an overview of the spatial aspects of crime and intelligence analysis. The concept of environmental criminology and the relevance of geographic information systems (GIS) to crime and intelligence analysis will be covered. Students will learn how to use visualization and spatial analysis technologies in order to detect criminal patterns and to forecast the probability, time and location of future criminal events. An integrated crime and intelligence analysis application, the i2 Analyst's Workstation and ESRI ArcView is included.
Introduction to Crime and Intelligence Analysis
This course introduces students to the types of crime and intelligence analysis, and the roles played by analysts themselves. The fundamentals of analysis, core competencies, models of intelligence, and logic will be discussed. Students will learn how to prepare and present intelligence products.
Data Analytics and Visualization
This course will assist you in the visualization of large amounts of data to advance your organization's tactical and strategic mandates. The course builds upon FSCT 8431 by expanding your knowledge of spreadsheets to an intermediate level. You will learn how to build macros in spreadsheets for the purpose of building a dashboard. You will then learn how to use data visualization applications to develop basic graphs and maps, and to complete trend analysis.
National Security Analysis
This course is designed to expose students to a wide range of analytical techniques that are essential to protecting the interests of national security. Students will conduct the applied research and use advanced analytical methods to prepare collection plans and threat assessments on individuals or groups who pose a threat to national security. The course also examine the use advanced data mining tools, techniques and methods to expose and to determine the scope, nature and impact of their threat to national security, law and order.
This course provides students with an in-depth study of the theory of strategic analysis and its relevant applications to crime and intelligence analysis. Various contemporary strategic methods and analytic products will be used for analyzing cases and developing short and long term goals to collect criminal intelligence.
|Electives (3.0 Credits)||Credits|
Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada
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.
Forensic Behavioural Science
This course provides an introduction to the assessment of risk for sexually deviant and violent behaviour. Participants learn about factors which are correlated to prediction of violent behaviour in people. The discussion of psychopathy, mental illness, personality disorders, deviance, and substance abuse takes place in the context of the behavioural science approach to police investigation.
Geographic Profiling 1
The course introduces the students to the theory, methodology and mathematical concepts in support of geographic profiling. Crime pattern theory, mental maps, crime hunting area concepts and supporting technology are also covered.
Major Crimes Analysis
This course focuses on the application of criminal intelligence analysis tools, techniques and methods to the management of major cases which include homicide investigations, narcotics trafficking, sex offences, extortion and kidnapping. It also examines the importance of the analytical role in providing strategic and tactical direction in major crimes investigations.
Internet for Investigation
This course will provide students with the latest techniques used to effectively gather online information for investigative purposes relating to persons, companies, and other assets. Students will be introduced to the methods of gathering online intelligence through social media platforms, search engines, and dark web searches. In addition, students will learn how to assess potential counter-intelligence concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on heightened awareness and the "paper trail" investigators may leave behind when using internet investigation tools. Approaches to maintain privacy and security when carrying out online investigations will also be explored and students will be introduced to a variety of online search methodologies.
|3. Graduation Project/Internship (9.0 credits)||Credits|
|In order to graduate, all students are required to complete a graduation project comprised of three capstone courses.|
Graduation Project 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. 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.
Graduation Project 2
In this second of three capstone graduation courses, and under the supervision of the course instructor, the student must complete the data collection and analysis as specified in the graduation project proposal developed in FSCT8611. The student will apply the chosen research methodology and collect the requisite data needed to answer the research questions of interest. At defined intervals, the student must present his/her progress orally to the class and in writing to the course instructor. The student must complete this phase of the project to a satisfactory level, as determined by the course instructor, program coordinator and subject matte expert (where applicable) before registering for the third and final course, FSCT8631.
Graduation Project 3
The student will conclude the project proposed and conducted in FSCT8611 and FSCT8621 respectively. The student is required to prepare a formal research paper (akin to a scientific publication), submit a research poster and present the final research report to fellow students, faculty and industry guests at the yearly the Research Day. The poster and the presentation are expected to clearly highlight the research questions posed, the model of measurement utilized, data analysis and key research findings.
|4. Workplace Education||Credits|
|This course is associated with the 200 hours of relevant work experience required for graduation. You are responsible for finding your own work placements under the guidance of the program coordinator. Once you have secured a work placement, you will need to enrol in the below course.|
Workplace Education Course*
The required work period can be in a paid job, either temporary or permanent, in which students do productive work that is directly related to the core competencies of their chosen option within the B.Tech. degree in Forensic Investigation. An unpaid position may also be acceptable for a work period. Regardless, positions must clearly demand the application, at a professional level, of the core competencies of the B.Tech. program, and it is expected that such positions will involve regularly-scheduled work hours. The intent of the work period is to provide experiential learning for the purpose of complementing and supplementing the various theories and topics covered throughout the course of studies. The student will apply forensic skills, knowledge, and ability in a forensics-related area. A final work-period report will be submitted. Performance during the work period will be graded as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U), according to BCIT Policy 5004 (Student Regulations Policy). NOTES: Students will not be allowed to apply work performed as part of their required work period towards their "capstone" graduation project. However, once the required hours have been reached and upon mutual agreement between all parties, the student may continue in the same organization to complete an appropriate graduation research project.
*Due to COVID-19, the 200-hour work experience requirement is being waived until further notice. For more information, contact your program coordinator.
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The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation must be completed within seven years from acceptance into the program.
Depending on the course learning outcomes, students will be graded on a combination of the following:
- Participation in in-class exercises
- Participation in and completion of case studies
- Participation in discussion forums
- Submission of completed projects
- Submission of completed assignments
- Mid-term and final examinations
The minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.
Additional program options
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Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.
|1. Core Courses||33.0|
|2. Specialty Courses||33.0|
|3. Graduation Project/Internship||9.0|
In addition, students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to program completion. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the Program Coordinator. Contact the Program Coordinator for further details.
Crime and intelligence analysts are employed by the military and law enforcement agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. They also work for federal and provincial ministries whose mandates involve the environment, business, taxation and immigration. Analysts may be called upon to provide a variety of analytical services and products. Crime and intelligence analysis is a rapidly growing branch within law enforcement agencies and in the private sector, a trend that is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.
Some position titles (in law enforcement) include:
- Crime Analyst
- Intelligence Analyst
- Major Crimes Analyst
- National Security Analyst
- Strategic Intelligence Analyst
- Research Analyst
- Open Source Analyst
Graduate employment outcomes
The BCIT student outcomes report presents summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2019-2021 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2018-2020 graduates and for Degree 2016-2018 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates’ labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.
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Apply for graduation
Students must complete a minimum of three months relevant work experience prior to program completion. The work experience must be reviewed and approved by the Program Coordinator. Contact the Program Coordinators for further details.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
There are several professional associations that offer professional development courses and related accreditation, including the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Both IAEIA and IACA sponsor yearly training sessions and provide train-the-trainer workshops. IALEP provides a one-week course on planning, which includes topics ranging from project management to capital planning and facilities planning. ACFE provides a comprehensive range of courses in both foundation and advanced topics relating to fraud examination.
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