British Columbia Institute of


FSCT 7210 - Introduction to Commercial Crimes in Canada

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course provides an introduction to commercial crimes in Canada. Three main issues are considered: theory (the criminal code section and the fundamental legal principles underlying the offence); practical criteria (identifying the priority elements of proof that are required from a practical point of view) and satisfying the criteria (reviewing the usual types of evidence required to prove the offence). Primary commercial crimes considered include: fraud, theft, counterfeit currency, credit and debit card offences, internet based frauds, conspiracy and money laundering. Others, briefly introduced topics include: stock market manipulation and other securities related offences, criminal breach of trust, custom and excise offences, secret commissions, planned bankruptcy and possession of goods obtained by crime. Reference is made to various industry issues such as banking regulations as they impact on the offences being studied. In addition, 21st century issues such as the global economy, telemarketing, the cable industry and gaming are also discussed.


Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 33207

Mon Sep 09 - Fri Dec 06 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 06 Online


Terence Yung

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. For department approval, please contact the Program Assistants Fiona or Julia @
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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Outline and discuss the theoretical aspects of enumerated Criminal Code offences, including the fundamental underlying legal principles.
  • Outline the practical criteria required to prove all elements of the offences as set out in legislation.
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge in case-study and practical problem situations.
  • Given a specified fact situation, prepare an investigative plan, setting out the investigative objective to be attained by each step in the plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct effective fraud related research from appropriate websites/course materials.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

FSCT 7210 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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

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