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FSCT 0090 - Internet & Social Media Investigative Techniques

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This 3 day hands on workshop 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.





Spring/Summer 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2019 term.

CRN 64272

Mon Jun 03 - Wed Jun 05 3 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 03 - Jun 05 Mon/Tue/Wed 09:00 - 16:30 DTC Rm. 475



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. For department approval, please contact Julia Dreyer at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: . NOTE: There is an option to sign up for the first day only of this workshop for a reduced price of $285.00. For more information about the one day workshop, please contact Julia Dreyer at or 604-456-1197.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the basis of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Social Media Intelligence (SMINT).
  • Use advanced internet searching tools and techniques to conduct online investigations.
  • Understand advanced web browser usage, and apply techniques for searching the surface, deep, and dark web surfaces.
  • Develop an internet search plan for operational use.
  • Understand operational challenges that face the user when using online information.
  • Demonstrate how to implement the covert usage of social media.
  • Understand the dangers of personal & professional use of social media.

Effective as of Winter 2015


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