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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 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 60322

Thu May 14 - Thu Jun 18 6 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
May 14 - Jun 18 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2030


Gerri-Lyn Nelson

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 required prerequisites are FSCT 7001 FSCT 7002. Start and end times of each class will vary. Last class (mock testimonies) on June 18th, 2020 will be at the Vancouver Law Courts. Instructors will advise. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals if they have met the aforementioned prerequisites. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.


10 seats available as of Feb 24, 2020 12:32 pm (PST). Availability may change at any time.

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


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