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FSCT 7310 - Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

The course covers the major areas of crime scene examination, in order to give an in-depth understanding in theories of searching and in dealing with the entire range of physical evidence located during the various types of crime scene searches.





Winter 2019

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

CRN 47547

Mon Feb 04 - Fri Mar 22 7 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 04 - Mar 22 Online
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2590
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2030
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2009
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2016
Mar 11 - Mar 14 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2004


Eric Grummisch

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This is a hybrid course; online February 4 – March 22 and in-class 4 Days (March 11 - 14), Final Exam Online March 22. There is no textbook required and the instructor will distribute the course material in class and online. For departmental approval, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant at Forensic Dept ( For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: .
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the various types of physical evidence that might be present at an interior crime scene.
  • Explain the various means of scene documentation available and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Given a viable surface, ascertain which fingerprint detection method should be used and demonstrate the correct application of that technique.
  • Explain the value of alternate light sources at a crime scene (and demonstrate their use).
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for the detection and collection of hair/fibre evidence.
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for the detection, enhancement and preservation of footwear impression evidence.
  • Demonstrate the proper handling of ‘DNA’ evidence from its detection and collection at a simulated crime scene to its submission to the lab for analysis.
  • Given a simulated interior crime scene and working as part of a team, demonstrate:
    • Proper scene management techniques
    • Appropriate scene documentation techniques
    • Correctly executed physical/trace evidence detection and collection techniques specific to that scene.
  • Explain the personal safety considerations applicable to each technique considered or situation encountered.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

FSCT 7310 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
  2. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  4. Forensic Investigation (Forensic Science Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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