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FSCT 7010 - The Expert Witness: Prepared for Court

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course is designed for professionals in a variety of disciplines who may have to testify in a criminal or civil case. Technical competence is only the beginning of an expert witness' role. To be relevant, one's analysis must be effectively communicated to the trier of fact. The progression from crime scene to courtroom is described and analyzed by considering legal principles, actual court practice, trial strategies and moot court demonstrations.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of Program Coordinator or Program Head. Permission will normally be given to qualified professionals whose subject-matter expertise may qualify them to testify in court as an expert witness.

Credits

2.0

Cost

$654.20 - $664.20 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Winter 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 74416

Mon Jan 11 - Mon Mar 22 10 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Mar 22 Mon 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Brent Bagnall

Course Outline

Cost

$664.20

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Students who have been accepted into a Forensic Science program where this course is a part of the program matrix may register without any further approvals. 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 @ BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics. There will be no class on family day (February 15th)

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 58512

Tue Jun 22 - Tue Aug 24 10 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 22 - Aug 24 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below

Instructor

Brent Bagnall

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$654.20

Notes

  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Due to the current COVID situation, this course will be delivered synchronously ONLINE for this term. Combination of pre-recorded and live classes. Note: students can take FSCT 7010 in lieu of FSCT 7005 during this time. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. 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 BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics.

This course offering is full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Full

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the adversarial nature of the trial process.
  • Discuss the roles of the Crown, defence and judge in the trial process.
  • Illustrate the practical application of legal principles in a trial situation.
  • Explain the basis of admissibility of opinion evidence.
  • Carry out the role of the expert witness in a trial situation.
  • Perform the activities essential in expert witness preparation from crime scene to courtroom.
  • Appropriately articulate his/her education and background in order to be qualified by the court as an expert witness.
  • Effectively and convincingly communicate information and opinion during direct and cross examination during moot trial.

NOTE: Outcomes 5-8 will be assessed during the moot court demonstration.

Effective as of Fall 2007

Related Programs

FSCT 7010 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science
    Full-time   Bachelor of Science

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