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FSCT 7005 - Introducing Forensic Evidence at Trial

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

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.


FSCT 7001 and FSCT 7002





Spring/Summer 2019

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

CRN 60322

Thu Apr 25 - Thu May 30 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 25 - May 30 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2009



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. 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: For information on Forensic programs and courses, please .
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Five seats remaining as of Mar 26, 2019 11:08 am PDT. Seats remaining may change at any time prior to registration and payment.

Learning Outcomes

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

Related Programs

FSCT 7005 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  4. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Forensic Science Technology (Forensic Health Sciences Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate

Books & Supplies

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Spring/Summer 2019

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)
Author Fsct
Binding Shrink Wrapped
Price $6.95

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Martin's Pocket Criminal Code 2019
Author Martin
Copyright 2018
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-77988-552-7
Price $64.95


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