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FSCT 7240 - Essentials of Cyber Crime

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course introduces students to the field of Cyber Crime and develops core understanding of the intelligence and analysis challenges of working in the cyber environment. Topics include defining cybercrime, technology as a target, technology as an instrument, and evolving/emerging cyber crime threats. Students develop an understanding of the digital environment, hacker subculture, cyber stalking, data theft (identity, trade secrets, etc), phishing attacks, hate crimes, credit card account thefts, malicious software and various applications.


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





Fall 2021

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

CRN 42294

Mon Sep 13 - Mon Dec 13 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 13 - Dec 13 Mon 18:00 - 21:30 Online


Daniel Harris

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. NO CLASS: This course will be offered ONLINE for the 202130 Fall term and classes will be taught LIVE. NO CLASS: October 11th (Thanksgiving). For details on the textbook required, please check: (FALL 2021 TERM - DTC-FSCT). For information on Forensic Science programs and courses, please visit: 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 For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

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

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand technology-as-target.
  • Understand technology-as-instrument.
  • Discuss how cybercrime is on the rise.
  • Analyze distributed denial of service (DDoS).
  • Analyze criminal botnet operations.
  • Analyze carding crimes.
  • Analyze online mass-marketing fraud and ransomware.
  • Discuss organized crime and the internet.
  • Analyze online child sexual exploitation.
  • Understand darknets.
  • Explain cybercrime-as-a-service.
  • Examine malware targeting mobile platforms.
  • Discuss virtual currency schemes.
  • Investigate cyber-facilitated stock market manipulation.
  • Discuss cybercrime threats to industrial control systems.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

FSCT 7240 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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