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.
Due to the nature of the course (team investigation) and the compressed time line, please note that there is MANDATORY ATTENDANCE FOR ALL CLASSES. This course is for students in Forensic programs only and the prerequisite is FSCT 7002 * For details on the textbook and course materials required, please check: bcitbookstore.ca/bcit. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:www.bcit.ca/cas/Forensics .
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Five seats remaining as of Mar 26, 2019 11:08 am PDT. Seats remaining may change at any time prior to registration and payment.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Assess the factors that relate to the admissibility and evidentiary weight given to forensic evidence in a criminal trial.
Demonstrate the essential features of note-taking at a crime scene and in handling and analyzing exhibits.
Demonstrate the essential features of a written report relating to the gathering and analysis of forensic evidence and any expert opinion derived from that evidence.
Outline the importance of a pre-hearing interview and the extent of preparedness required of an investigator or expert witness for trial.
Write an effective curriculum vitae (CV).
Demonstrate effective testimony on the witness stand.
Justify ones actions on the stand in order to demonstrate the importance of giving honest and fair testimony at a criminal proceeding in relation to his or her involvement in the investigation (expert or otherwise).
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2011
FSCT 7005 is offered as a part of the following programs:
Books for Spring/Summer 2019 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT
online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering
you are considering.
BCIT Burnaby Bookstore
If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance
Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.
Fsct 7005 Readings (Apr 2016)
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Martin's Pocket Criminal Code 2019
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