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FSCT 7310 - Crime Scene Investigation

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

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 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 47547

Mon Jan 10 - Tue Mar 15 10 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Mar 13 Online
Mar 14 - Mar 15 Mon/Tue 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2009
Mar 14 - Mar 15 Mon/Tue 09:00 - 17:00 BBY SW01 Rm. 2020



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This is a hybrid course. Due to the interactive nature, it will be ONLINE January 10 – March 13, 2022 AND IN CLASS 2 days (March 14-15, 2022). The online portion is not live and can be accessed at students’ discretion. Each week allows access to a new module. There is no textbook required and the instructor will distribute the course material in class and online, however, they will email you before the start with further details. 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 @ For information on any Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 27 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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


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